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THE domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is a member of the family Mustelidae and a popular companion animal. Beynon and Cooper (1997) reported that, of 250,000 ferrets in the UK, 35 per cent were kept as pets, whereas 65 per cent were used for other purposes. To date, data on the occurrence of Giardia and other intestinal protozoa in pet ferrets are scarce.
During 2002 to 2004, samples from 68 ferrets were examined at the authors' laboratory for the presence of Giardia using a coproantigen ELISA and two samples (2.9 per cent) tested …