Message Number: FHL10402 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2009-12-02 00:36:01 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Heartworms? and Ivermectin

Hello Amy
Yes, ferrets can get heartworms, and heartworms can be hard to
see on an ultrasound of the heart. The dog heartworm test (Idexx
Snap) or Idexx labs (well test) are the recommended tests for heartworms.
Ivermectin is quite safe in ferrets, dogs and cats at the right dose.
However some dog breeds (collies, etc) can have a (genetic) problem
with ivermectin. Turtles and tortoises are also prone to having problems
with ivermectin. However I have never seen a ferret have a problem with
ivermectin. First find out if there is actually heartworms, then you can
pred and ivermectin. The tumor by the kidney could be an adrenal tumor,
possible lymphoma, or other cancer. Time to find out what that is too.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM

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