Message Number: YG2622 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Tawny
Date: 2001-04-17 00:50:00 UTC
Subject: Heartworms??

I bought my ferret, Koby, about a month ago. He is aproximately 2
years old, and was in perfect shap when I got him. Gorgeous gold
coat, good stool, healthy eater, very spastic, and quite loveable. I
took him to the vet and got a clean bill of health, except that he
had green urine. About a week after I got him, he started having
trouble breathing, and it went downhill from there. I took him to
the vet, and he was diagnosed with heartworms. He also had 70 mls of
fluid drawn out of his thoracic cavity. I expected to have to
euthanize him eventually, but he made a drastic recovery after the
removale of the fluid. For about 2 weeks, everything was perfectly
normal except for the green urine. He has since relapsed.

I can't afford to have the fluid drawn off his chest every 2 weeks,
and I'm at a loss. I think the heartworms diagnosis is wrong. If
anyone can help please do...I don't want to lose him, but putting him
to sleep is fast becoming my only option. Here are a list of his
exact symptoms, which developed after he begins to have trouble

difficulty breathing
distended abdomen
green urine(this one has never disappeared)
black liquid stool (begins as dark green solid, then goes to black)
severly lethargic (most likely due to the difficulty breathing)
barely eating or drinking