Date: 2001-06-20 23:36:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: 4 month old ferret with
Thank you so much Mike for the information. I will pass this
on to my vet.
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Janke
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 6:13 PM
I suggest you have your vet consult with Ronald Burk, DVM,
Radiology Services of South Florida at 305-437-9630.
Dr. Burk is a board certified radiologist. He came to our
few years back and performed an ultrasound on about 100
help develop guidelines for values on the ferret heart.
He might be a good source of the information your vet needs.
--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Steph" wrote:
> Dear Dr. Williams,
> Thank you so much for your response to my posting
I was at the clinic today with Mikey to have his ultrasound
tests done. My vet has done ultrasounds in the past on
has not had any luck finding normal measurements for
ferrets. He had
all the measurements for a ferret with cardiomyopathy and
talked to a
ferret vet at the Animal Medical Centre in New York and was
go on VIM and tried several other places, (I hope that I
information correct) no where could he find the normals.
> I told him about this list and he said that he didn't mind
asked if you would know the normal measurements, or is there
that he can contact you or someone who might know.
> Mikey was amazing for his ultrasound and my vet was able
most of the measurements that he wanted.
> Thank you so much for your time.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bruce Williams, DVM
> To: Ferret-Health-list@y...
> Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 11:41 PM
> Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: 4 month old ferret
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., rumtum99@s... wrote:
> > I have posted a couple of times about my ferret Mikey
> > response, but maybe that was just as well as I was
> > bladder infection which now seems to be the least of
> > I also was confused about which of his heart rates was
> > was the problem.
> > When the infection was discovered 2 weeks ago my vet
> > was why Mikey's heart did not sound right (his tonsils
> > were also enlarged at the time, but have since come
> > had a lowgrade fever). A culture was sent and the
> > be sensitive to clavamox. Last week my vet listened
> > time measured it at 240 (which if I understand is
normal for a
> > ferret) then again at 170.
> > Yesterday he was playing with my cats and dog, I was
> > that he was tired, but how he exhibited it. He
> > one arm in the middle of the floor with his sides
> > went to the vet again. His heart was 150. An EKG and
> > taken. Mikey is scheduled for an ultrasound on
> > My questions are:
> > 1. How serious is a slow heart
> > 2. Is there a chance that he
> > 3. What might cause this or
would it be a
> Dear Stephanie:
> The heart rate is indeed slow, but I generally would
> until all of the tests are in. With a heart rate of 150
> intolerance, I would expect there to be other
> the EKG or the X-rays. If the heart rate is
> then I would expect some marked EKG changes to account
> as a heart block or some electrical disturbance that
> for the dropping of 1 of every three beats.
> can attack the very young, generally shows some
> which the X-ray would pick up in an exercise-intolerant
> fluid in the chest, an enlarged heart, etc. The
> something along these lines if a plain thoracic film
> If the value of 150bpm is valid, then there should be
> corroborate the diagnosis of heart disease. Without
> HR would have to be considered a low normal for this
> Another condition that certainly occurred to me, as this
> young and exercise intolerant, would be a case of
> In young animals, this disease manifests as masses in
> which may compress the lungs over time, as well as an
> and liver. You may want to discuss this possibility
> and find out why it is not currently in the differential
> With kindest regards,
> Bruce Williams, DVM
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