Message Number: YG3215 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-03 20:16:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: conjested heart failure

>I woke up this past Saturday to see my ferret very weak. The trip to the vet
>showed fluid around the heart. She now is on Lasix and Enacard. Has anyone
>gone this route with a ferret? She is 1 of age. Can anyone tell me how long
>they have seen ferrets live on this medication?
>Thank you for answers, Debora

Hey Debora

I had an extreme case in one of our shelter kids. Garrett was 4 when he was
diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and put on enacard. We added furosemide a
couple of months later when the fluid buildup began to put a strain on his
heart. Garrett had many problems - insulinoma, adrenals, cardiomyopathy,
allergies and asthma. We were lucky to have been graced with his presence for
almost 2 years - he died a couple weeks short of his 6th birthday.

I believe that it was due a lot to the veterinary care that he received and
that he liked the taste of his medicines. I think that your little one can go
many years with a quality lifespan, because her disease was caught early.
Good luck to you both.

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"