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From: "ldarkes2000"
Date: 2009-04-02 19:17:55 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Low blood sugar and irregular/low heart rate

It was actually a quite interesting and informative discussion. The cardiologist described the implant as much more stable in ferrets than in dogs due to the way they are dogs, the lead is run through the neck and into the heart from the top, where it relies on development of scar tissue to "take root" if you will. Until the scarring takes place, it can be unstable so the dog has be kept as inactive as possibe for 4 6o 6 weeks while the scarring occurs. With ferrets, they go in abdoominally and "screw" the lead into the lower wall of the heart and is very secure from right after the implant. He was surprised when I suggested that April was too small, and stated that size was not a factor at all. Obviously the cost is quite high, he gave me a ball park range of $3000 to $5000. Any ideas on the differences in side effects with these medications?

--- In, "Sukie Crandall" <sukie@...> wrote:
> Well, the 9 months we got with Aminophylline
> is not bad at all and they were quality months,
> too, despite a Complete.
> Since then Theophylline is used more often with
> ferrets who have this and there have been some
> very heartening reports, with one Pam encountered
> being especially so.
> It sounds like you also learned that even some
> very small ferrets are able to get pacemakers
> now, Lucie, but that in your little girl's case
> there were other health considerations.
> So, results may vary but given past situations it
> definitely does pay to try.

That is a huge drop in cost. The two I heard about
which I was told the prices on were about $10,000
and about $20,000. Those are two the people did.
If Seven of Six could have tolerated it hers would
would have been $10,000 but she had other limiting
health concerns and as a very large female back then
she was considered borderline size, so the pacemakers
for them have improved in at least 2 ways for ferrets.]


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