Article Text

Parasitic Diseases
Increasing numbers of Giardia (but not coccidian) infections in ferrets, 2002 to 2010
  1. N. Pantchev,
  2. D. Gassmann and
  3. M. Globokar-Vrhovec
  1. Idexx Vet Med Lab, Mörikestrasse 28/3, 71636 Ludwigsburg, Germany
  1. e-mail: nikola-pantchev{at}

Statistics from

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 …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.