Questions to ask before exposing Your primate to
Written By: Lisa R. Whiteaker
Primates interacting with their own kind provides them
with important socialization. We feel it is beneficial that this
interaction takes place. But before introducing your primate to others
please be aware of the risks involved. While their are many factors to
consider, we would like to address this from a health perspective.
Our veterinary specialists have helped us compile the
following questions. Please talk with the primate owner and ask that
these medical requirements be met by their primate.
1). Has your monkey been TB tested and showed a negative
result? This test should be administered to all species.
2). Has your monkey been vaccinated for the following:
Mumps, Measles, Rubella, and Polio? These diseases effect our primates
as well as us. Vaccinations are a needed preventative.
3). Has your monkey been exposed to any contagious
diseases? Especially monkeys living with children.
4). Has your monkey been exposed to Chicken Pox within
the last ten days? Chicken Pox is fatal to our primates.
5). MACAQUE OWNERS: Has your monkey been tested for
Herpes A & B (serology tested)? A Herpes A & B infected monkey
is a risk to us as well as our monkeys.
These questions cover some of the most serious
contagious diseases. Vaccinations and testing are recommended to ensure
your monkeys health will not be compromised.
For any questions feel free to contact S.N.O.W.C.A.P.
We will be glad to give you any information we have on medical, or
health related issues.