From: Russell Prater
Date: 2005-07-01 21:10:11 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Heartworm Prevention
I'm no vet, but Dr. Kemmer-Cotrell treats quite a few ferrets for
heartworm here in Florida. The first edition of "Ferrets, Rabbits and
Rodents" has a formula for a heartworm preventative that is very cheap
and very effective and is easy to give. Have your vet mix 0.3ml of 1%
Ivermectin with 28ml of propylene glycol and mark it with a 2 year
expiration date and put it in an amber bottle. Give the ferret 0.1ml per
pound or 0.2ml per Kgm once a month. It should cost you less than $10.
> My vet says ferrets have such tough skins that they rarely get
> mosquito bites. But Judith Bell, DVM, PhD, mentionined in "The Pet
> Ferrett Owner's Manual" that it only takes 1 hearworm to cause heart
> troubles in ferrets. With mosquito season now in full bloom in N.E.
> Ohio, should I be insisting on heartworm medication or is it really a
> minimal risk? And if medication is reccomended, what should I ask