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From: tasha faill
Date: 2001-04-17 07:37:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Heartworms??

Sorry to hear about your furry. I just recently got my first two
and had a lengthy talk with the vet about heartworm problems. We
didnt get into specifics of signs for the problem but he did say
that if ferrets get heartworm they do go down fast and is not much
to do about it. So on his advice i have mine on heartworm meds.
Sorry i dont have much advice for you but perhaps a full blood work
on the wee one would help to make sure there is nothing else going
on. I am by no means a vet, just trying to help you out with some
ideas. I hope your furry can make a recovery, good luck with him

>From: "Tawny"
>Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Heartworms??
>Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 07:50:16 -0000
>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.
>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
>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
>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

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