Date: 2003-08-01 04:12:39 UTC
Subject: RE: wasting ferret, need help asap
Yes, ferrets can use Lasix. A number can even cope well with much higher doses than anyone realized at first .
The trick with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is that instead of the heart becoming large and thinly walled like in dilated, the hypertrophic heart has the walls get thicker and thicker but there is not always a noticeable change in the heart size so it can be missed on x-ray. Ultrasounds find them. That is how the our little one's case was found. Since we were stymied as to why she was wasting and no tests were helpful we had a full trunk ultrasound done. When they got up to her chest the cardiomyopthy was found, and when that was treated the wasting reversed.
With the combination of wasting and fluid it wouldn't hurt to also see if there might be signs of lymphoma, of kidney problems, or of liver problems. Cardiomyopathy is the most common cause of ascites in ferrets, though.