Message Number: FHL8730 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "wolves"
Date: 2009-04-24 16:00:36 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: CArdiomyopathy

--- In, aclavern33@... wrote:
> My 11-12 yo ferret Babe has been Dx'd with cardiomyopathy. I am curious
> to what is the gold standard treatment for this?
> As of present she has been placed on Vetmedin (pimobendan) 1.25mg at 1/4 a
> tablet a day.


My little girl Kailee (4 1/2) was diagnosed with dialated cardio last month. She had an ECG and is in 2nd to 3rd degree heart block.
The meds that she is on are the following:

Theophylline .2 twice a day brocho dialator
furosemide .2 once a day helps with possible fluid buildup
benazepril .2 once a day ACE inhibitor

Her heart rate has stabilized around 100 - it was down in the 70's when she was diagnosed. It only took about 3 days for this to happen. My vet corresponded with a specialist in Gainesville Florida for this treatment. Prognosis is guarded they told me that she could live for as little as 6 months and if lucky for maybe two years (not likely).
She still likes to play but tires very quickly and cannot be over excited (not good for heart)

Good luck - at least you have had 11 good years.

In memory of Alexis, Phillippe, Roxy, Dobber and Cleo



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