Message Number: SG4613 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2003-05-22 16:42:12 UTC
Subject: Saltwater Embolism
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I've asked this question on one mailing list...but I feel I should ask all
the experienced vets on this one what their thoughts might be in regards to it.

I live 900 feet from the Chesapeake Bay - I take my ferrets to the beach -
and have done so for the last 11 years. Weather and temperature permitting, they
go swimming with me. One ferret in particular used to dive under the water
and swim around..

Everytime I post this, I have one person that tells me I am endangering my
pets by allowing them in the ocean water and says that they are in danger of a
saltwater embolism.

I did a search on VIN and a generic google search and have yet to find any
reference to any animal contracting this condition. I did however find quite a
bit about human divers.

The 64K question: Am I endangering my pets? Is there truly such a condition?
If so, what would cause it and is there any prevention?

Thanks in advance.

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