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From: "lizpuff2006"
Date: 2009-09-09 20:14:08 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Strange death

> [Moderator's question:
> Necropsy with pathology is being done, right?
> It is really the ONLY way to know except the
> rare occasions when toxicology is also needed.
> Was the squishiness checked to make sure it
> was not ascites?]

What I meant by "walked strange" was that he always walked low to the ground. His back was just about straight when he moved.

I was able to up my vet appointment and got them in yesterday. My vet told me it was either a heart attack or a stroke. I did not pay for an autopsy. I did have Odie and Minnie checked and they are both in perfect health. Now I Am wondering just how common these two things (heart attacks and strokes) are? I take my ferrets to get checked every year but should I be doing more?

[The squishiness makes undiagnosed heart disease possible
which is very sad since there are meds which can help reduce
and slow symptoms.

Cardiomyopathy is pretty common and A/V Node Blocks
are not terribly unusual.

Ferrets throw CLOTS (thromboses) but strokes (thrown
plaque) is not documented in ferrets. Even thromboses
are on the rare side and although usually seen with heart
disease can be seen with some others like kidney disease.
See refs like

Remember that Dr. Williams is a ferret pathology specialist.



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