Message Number: FHL5013 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Stephen
Date: 2008-05-25 00:39:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Vascular Access Port

One of our shelter adopted ferrets, Jewel, age? (we have her since
2005), has been diagnosed with " moderate unclassified cardiomyopathy
with right sided congestive heart failure and mild-moderate systolic
dysfunction". Cardiac work-up included an echocardiogram, ekg, and
abdominal ultrasound; evaluation was by a Veterinary cardiologist. She
was placed on Lasix,Digoxin and Enacard. Jewel was originally seen by
our ferret knowledgeable vet on March 13 at which time she had an
abdominocentesis and approximately 50cc of fluid was withdrawn.

She has been on her current meds since March 22 and fluid has gradually
returned. Our primary vet increased the digoxin and lasix and suggested
the placement of a vascular access port so that we can drain fluid at
home to keep Jewel comfortable. (My wife and I are both nurses.)

My question is, do the moderators or others have comments on the
pros/cons and risk vs benefits
of placing a port.?

Comfort, quality of life and keeping her functional and as healthy as we
can for as long as she has are our goals.

Past history includes successful surgery for a histiocytic sarcoma
several years ago.

Thanks as always



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