Message Number: SG16397 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-01-22 20:57:56 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Advanced Dilative Cardiomyopathy

I would appreciate any ideas from those who have dealt with this. I've combed the archives and gone over my printed info from various sources but am stumped, probably from worrying so much and a lack of sleep. I've even gone over posts regarding euthanasia in case it becomes necessary, though I hope and pray it doesn't and that it isn't her time.

My ferret was diagnosed in June of 2004 and has had a highly elevated heart rate for the past week, around 300. Her respirations per minute are now having to be controlled with very high and frequent doses of Lasix. I know this can be hard on the kidneys but without a functioning heart the kidneys won't have a chance anyway. I can't find any answers as to why or what I should do. We've seen several vets over the past couple of weeks and still don't have any answers, ideas, or direction. Nobody could hear fluid in the lungs but I know that doesn't always mean there isn't any. And, understandably, nobody wants to use anesthesia in order to get an x-ray so none have been done.

I've read about injectable vs. oral Lasix but don't know if the dose should be adjusted since it's being administered differently. And I'm aware of adding Spirinolactone when Lasix is no longer as effective as it once was. Anything else? I'm afraid to add Hawthorne because Digoxin is also being given. And, I'd like to know Digoxin can increase the heart rate above normal. Also, does anyone know if a respiratory infection could increase the heart rate? It seems like this all happened overnight and I'm wondering if that's how the disease progresses. If everything can be under control one day and out of control the next. I'm sure some of my questions have very obvious answers but I'm at a loss and not able to think straight right now and I don't want to make any assumptions.

Any information is greatly appreciated and please feel free to contact me off-list if you prefer. Thanks.

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