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RE: quarantine issue ?

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Posted by: Sonya at Mon Dec 13 15:08:20 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Sonya ]  
   

I am always confused by a quarantine. My issue arises from some folks saying...blah blah long ....while others say it must be longer, shorter, further separated. That and then you get into carriers that may be totally asymptomatic but still be a 'typhoid Mary' you are basically screwed.

I had an Amazon parrot. (yes, I know birds are not herps but it is relevant) I quarantined for six months at a friends, brought the bird home, had it 18 more months. It dropped dead. Fun thing....okay, it did NOT have anything my other birds got. But in discussing with the cornell pathologist I learned that unless you ran a crapload of tests (yes, many expensive ones) you would not be assured a bird was healthy, even after years. He had seen psitticosis in apparently healthy birds. Heck of it too is that after months of necropsy all they could tell me was that it was beginning to develope a cancer...but not life threatening, and that it did NOT have anything I should worry about.

I personally would test and treat for obvious stuff...mites, coccidia etc. Handle that animal last each day and wash thoroughly after. At some point when you have more than one pet you run the risk of sharing oookys.
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