I have now been alerted to six separate incidences of monkeys that
have experienced life-threatening intestinal blockage from picking at
and ingesting the absorbent paper and poly-fill lining of their
disposable diapers. If you are using disposables, please be aware of
this serious health hazard and don't assume that your monkey is just
at the diaper and tossing the material away. Many of them, particularly
the young ones, are eating it. Ingesting even just a small amount of
this fiber, a few
times a week can accumulate and fail to pass through their intestines causing a life
threatening condition that blocks blood flow to the intestines or
creates a blockage of waste in their body. Please be vigilant!! So
often things we may not think about can have serious consequences. If
your baby fails to go potty even one day, contact a vet as soon as
* H1N1 UPDATE *
It is my understanding from the vets I've spoken with that the H1N1 virus (swine flu) is extremely dangerous to our monk kids They are so like is in so many ways and they are as every bit as susceptible to this virus as we are. It is particularly dangerous for the small New World monkeys that have little in the way of reserves. The best way to protect your babies is:
Get your H1N1 flu shots as soon as they become available
When you have been out and about, change your clothes and wash your hands thoroughly before handling your monkey
Don't allow strangers to touch your monkey
Don't take your monkey out in public unless it is absolutely necessary. A trip to the vet is important. A trip to Walmart is not!
If you are not feeling well for any reason, perhaps have another family member take care of feeding, etc. or if you must do it, thoroughly sanitize your hands and handle your baby as little as possible.
* CHICKEN POX *
I just heard on the news that
several counties in Washington State have serious outbreaks of chicken
pox and measles. If it's happening there, it may also be a problem in
your community. Yet another reason to keep your small primates at home
and away from the general public. Marmosets and Tamarins have
absolutely no immunity to Herpes Simplex which causes these common
childhood diseases (as well as the common cold sore). If out in public,
it only takes one person with a sick child at home or possibly carrying
the latent virus themselves to ignore your request not to touch. Either
of these diseases are a certain death sentence to your baby. Protect him the best way possible, just keep him home and away from strangers.
If you have general questions or need details about any of our products, or if you just need to "monkey" talk, please contact me at (253) 862-0432 or email me at LindaLawrence@aol.com If I'm unable to answer your questions, I'll do my best to direct you to someone who can.