Date: 2009-04-12 21:01:35 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: question from my vet
I asked my vet her thoughts on this situation. She is a very experienced ferret vet. Below is her response.
My response is... what was the monitoring system? did the rectal temperature drop during surgery and how was he keeping it warm? What sort of preop screen was done, why was the spleen being taken out in the first place (Cancer? large? heart issues that went undetected?) and was someone monitoring the heartrate, resp. rate, etc, the whole time???
Often, a "heart attack" is really hypothermia - the temperature plunges with a longer surgery, if no one is there to monitor it every so often, too little attention paid to core body temp and keeping it up... but that is all supposition.
True "heart attacks", IMO, are rare, in ferrets unless there is an underlying cause.
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