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Abe, N., C. Read, R.C.A. Thompson, and M. Iseki (2005). Zoonotic genotype of Giardia intestinalis detected in a ferret. The Journal of Parasitology 91(1): 179-182. ISSN: 0022-3395.
NAL Call Number: 448.8 J824
Descriptors: ferrets, Giardia lamblia, genotype, ribosomal RNA, glutamate dehydrogenase, structural genes, nucleotide sequences, sequence homology, phylogeny, giardiasis, zoonoses, beta giardin gene, glutamate dehydrogenase gene.

Chiaravaccini, L., C. D' Agostino, and S. Perrucci (2003). Aspetti parassitologici e clinici della coccidiosi e dell'otocariasi del furetto (Mustela putorius furo). [Parasitological and clinical aspects of coccidiosis and auricolar mange of the ferret (Mustela putorius furo)]. Veterinaria 17(3): 73-76. ISSN: 0391-3151.
Descriptors: ferret, coccidiosis, auricolar mange, parasites, clinical aspects, examination, diagnosis, Otodectes cynotis, polecats, Eimeria furonis, Isospora laidlawii.
Language of Text: Italian; Summary in English.

Cottrell, D.K. (2004). Use of moxidectin (ProHeartReg. 6*) as a heartworm adulticide in 4 ferrets. Exotic DVM 6(5): 9-12. ISSN: 1521-1363.
NAL Call Number: SF981 .E96
Descriptors: ferrets, heartworms, clinical aspects, diagnosis, drug therapy, Dirofilaria immitis, moxidectin.

Larsen, K. S, H. Siggurdsson, and N. Mencke (2005). Efficacy of imidacloprid, imidacloprid/permethrin and phoxim for flea control in the Mustelidae (ferrets, mink). Parasitology Research 97(Suppl 1): S107-S112. ISSN: 0932-0113.
Abstract: Farmed mink (Mustela vison), a close relative of the domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo), naturally infested with the squirrel flea (Ceratophyllus sciurorum) were included in a study to investigate three compounds for flea control. The test products were imidacloprid in a 10% (w/v) solution, an imidacloprid 10% (w/v)/permethrin 50% (w/v) solution, and phoxim; all three are well-known compounds for the control of different ectoparasites in a wide range of animals. Two groups of mink received 0.1 ml per animal of the imidacloprid or the imidacloprid/permethrin combination at days 0 and 28, respectively. Two groups of mink were sprayed with 25 ml of a 0.1% phoxim solution at day 0 and either 1x25 ml or 2x25 ml, respectively, of a 0.05% phoxim solution at day 28. One group of mink served as an untreated control. At assessment on day 56 the efficacy was 91.9% in the imidacloprid group, 89.3% in the imidacloprid/permethrin group, 92.2% in the phoxim 1x25-ml group and 99.3% in the phoxim 2x25 ml group, respectively. In the untreated control group an average of 757 fleas per mink nesting material was recorded.
Descriptors: mink, ferret, squirrel flea, flea control, ectoparasites, imidacloprid, permethrin, phoxim, efficacy.

Miller, D.S., R.P. Eagle, S. Zabel, R. Rosychuk, and T.W. Campbell (2006). Efficacy and safety of selamectin in the treatment of Otodectes cynotis infestation in domestic ferrets. Veterinary Record 159(22): 748. ISSN: 0042-4900.
NAL Call Number: 41.8 V641
Descriptors: ferrets, Otodectes, infestation, treatment, efficacy, safety, selamectin.

Webster, P. and C.M. Kapel (2005). Studies on vertical transmission of Trichinella spp. in experimentally infected ferrets (Mustela putorius furo), foxes (Vulpes vulpes), pigs, guinea pigs and mice. Veterinary Parasitology 130(3-4): 255-262. ISSN: 0304-4017.
NAL Call Number: SF810.V4
Abstract: Vertical transmission of Trichinella spiralis was evaluated in ferrets (n=21), foxes (n=11), pigs (n=12), guinea pigs (n=16), and mice (n=41). The placental barrier to be crossed by migratory Trichinella larvae varies structurally in different animal species. Ferrets and foxes have an endotheliochorial placenta structure, guinea pigs and mice a haemochorial, and pigs an epitheliochorial placenta. The non-encapsulating Trichinella pseudospiralis larvae have an extended muscle migration prior to entering a muscle cell. To evaluate if T. pseudospiralis was more likely to be transmitted to offspring, an additional group of foxes (n=11) infected with T. pseudospiralis was included. Two different dose levels were used for ferrets, pigs, guinea pigs, and mice. In pigs and guinea pigs, infection was given at different times of the gestation period. Vertical transmission, measured as recovery of muscle larvae in the offspring, was demonstrated in both ferrets groups, in all four guinea pig groups, and in the high dose mouse group, but not in any fox or pig groups.
Descriptors: ferrets, vertical disease transmission, trichinosis, foxes, guinea pigs, mice, species specificity, swine parasitology, trichinosis transmission.

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