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From: "ytonytcla"
Date: 2009-12-03 00:11:39 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Heartworms?

--- In, "ytonytcla" <Tonytclarke@...> wrote:

I have read from the link below re heartworm treatment by US ferret
veterinary hospital.
The article does not mention ivermectin for treatment of heartworm
but suggests ProHeart (moxidectin) and has used it sucessfully for
heartworm positive ferrets (4), all of which survived. The preferred
alternative for treatment is caparsolate but survival rates are
around 50%.
they also offers ProHeart as an alternative to oral ivermectin for
Ivermectin is of no use in treatment but can be used in prevention.
If it is used as a treatment then you are going to have a dead
ferret from the effects of heartworm.

Note: Proheart has been withdrawn (it was only approved for dogs and
cats) but they hope that she may still get it under minor species

In view of the controversy, the opinions of vets and others it is
not worth continuing the discussion. We all have to make our minds
up as to how our ferrets are treated, by who and with what. My vet
knows my views re ivermectin and always uses selamectin instead. I
can't find any use for ivermectin that selamectin is not equally
suitable for.

Proheart was reinstated in the U.S.

Tony (not a vet), Sugar and Suki.
In memory of Sally and Sue.


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