Message Number: YG2756 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-04-19 17:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Cardiomyopathy

>I just admitted my four year old baby girl at the hospital---she's in
>critical condition.It looks like cardiomyopathy. She has fluid in the
>abdomen and lung area. Her heart is is enlarged, and her breathing is
>labored. She was given a shot of lasix and she is on oxygen. The next
>twelve hours wil be critical. My heart is broken---I don't think the
>prognosis is good. Anyone out there have anything hopeful for me to hang
>on to???

If she gets past her crisis then know that the meds for
cardiomyopathy have helped many ferrets live much longer and happier
than expected. Meltdown had a complication that could have killed
her at any point, but Bruce Williams convinced our vet to add Digoxin
to her routine and she lived over a year with cardiomyopathy, most of
it till the very last being good and happy time. Some can't do as
well as she did, some can do better for longer. In every case here
we have seen the meds make a very positive difference.