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    I've recently started working at Petsmart as a Specialist. There is a sick room, and I care for the birds and small animals, regularly and sick. I'm worried to death about carrying any airborne viruses home. I get home about 10:00 pm so it's quite impossible for me to shower every night like I'd like, so I've compromised with taking off all of my work clothes in the other room, taking down my hair and brushing it out in the bathroom, then washing my hands and arms up to my shoulders vigorously. What can I do? Does everyone reccomend showering entirely? Charlie and I sleep in the same room, and I normally just want to collapse right into bed after work.
    I'd really appreciate any advice: I don't want to get my boy sick

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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    Hmmm I honestly don't know for sure. Do you know what diseases you work with? Are they mainly respratory? It may be easiest to call your vet, and see what they would reccomend.

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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    Hey, I think it's like any other disease or colds. Make sure you wash your hands throughout your work day and before you come home. I think you are doing all that you can do.
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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    Ya know, i had Neo when he was sick and Apache who was well. Apache never caught Neo's respitory illness and I never went through extrordinary measures. I DID wear a smock when tending to Neo that I removed when I left the sick room and I washed my hands after tending to him. Use anti bacterial soap and don't let Charlie come into contact with your work clothing. Usually, the bird needs to be in the immediate area to become infected. You figure, vets have pets and see ill patients all the time and don't "Silkwood hosedown" everytime. As long as you're sensible.. washing hands and making sure that dirty clothing and shoes don't come into contact with your bird, you should be okay. It would probably be feasible to wear your hair (if you have long hair) back in a pony tail so that sick birds don't touch it as well.
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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    why don't you keep special clothes at work? something you change into, but keep there? you could even put your hair up into a hat. then after work remove "bad" clothes & hat, wash skin, and change into "good clothes & go home?

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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    why don't you keep special clothes at work?
    Hmm... I don't know if that would work well.. and here's my thoughts on that.

    It might not solve the problem because you'd eventually have to bring those soiled clothes home so she could wash them where they'd then be in Charlie's domain.

    So.. why go through the pain of having to change at work where someone could walk in on you and.. if you don't have a locker.. try and find a place to keep your change of clothing. I'd just be extra careful not to wear the "germy" work clothes into the room where Charlie is. Make sure to change out of them and wash before going into the room where the birdy is. JMHO
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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    Thankyou for your advice, everyone. How it works, is I have a green polo shirt and khakis and tennis that I wear to work. I take them off in the upstairs bathroom, run like mad downstairs, then go to the downstairs bathroom and scrub off well and brush out my hair.
    At work, in the sick room, there are a lot of zebra finches...they have these gross...scabby like sores around their heads and necks, and they look horrible. When I saw them before they were put in the sick room, they were all sitting on their perches and panting, literally, beaks open, all fluffed up and tottering. That was before I worked there. They say the scabs are because they started beating eachother up? I don't know what to think of it. And they won't pay the 500 dollars for each of the 15 or so finches at the vet I go to. They've had this problem with zebras in the past, they say. There's also an adorable, omg, I LOVE him, Quaker, with a crop infection that is being treated and he's recovering. I looooove him. ah! And a parakeet that was being beat up on by his fellows, lots of puncture wounds.


    THE FINCHES ARE WHAT SCARE ME.

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    Re: In Need of Immediate Advice

    they have these gross...scabby like sores around their heads and necks,


    OMG... do I want to ask what they plan on doing with these poor sick finches?

    Yah.. I'd be scared too. I think if you bathe in bleach and then hose off in apple cider vinegar.. and then air dry for 8 hours, you'll be fine! (just kidding) Oh man.. poor you! Poor Finches!

    I think you're doing the right thing... keeping the clothes you work in away from Charlie and washing really good before you go to see him. Since you have a really good vet, I'd get his opinion of the whole situation the next time you talk to him just to be sure. Hey.. you could always let him know what's going on with the finches on the QT and see what he says about em too. That way you'll know if your employer is full of it or not too. LOL
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