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From: "Liz"
Date: 2010-12-02 21:17:22 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Ross: Heart Murmur

Ross came to our rescue 12/30/07, he is now 6 yrs old. Weight: 2.4 lbs

He was recently diagnosed with a heart murmor and put on meds. I had taken him to the vet because he was coughing.

These are the meds/prescribed doses he is currently taking:

Enalapril 2.5mg/tablet 1/4 tablet, 1-2 times per day
Furosemide 10mg/mL 0.1 - 0.2mL, 2 times per day
Prednisolone 5mg/5cc 0.5mL, 2 times per day

He's been on the Prediapred (prednisolone) since 9/21/10 for seizures brought on by insulinoma.

We started the heart meds on 10/23/10. I started with Enalapril 1/4 tablet 1 time per day and Furosemide 0.1mL 2 times per day.

11/23/10 - I increased the Enalapril to 2 times per day

11/30/10 - I increased the Furosemide to 0.15mL 2 times per day.

I did this because he is still having fits of coughing spells. These usually happen about 1-2 hours before his normal dosage time.

His vet said the Pred shouldn't interfere with these meds and I was just wondering if that's what the group experts agree with or not.

Also, what should I be looking for that the disease is progressing? Will the meds slow this condition. If so, for how long?

Anyone have experience with a heart condintion with these meds and how long are these guys able to keep a good quality of life, on average.

I know with his age being 6 yrs, anything can happen. Just haven't been through this type of medicine/condition before.

Thanks for any insight you can give us.


[Has an ultrasound been done? An EKG/ECG?

Survival times with heart problems vary very
widely with the type and degree of heart condition,
for example, a level one A/V Node Block will not
impact longevity at all but a Level three has a short
term prognosis though some have gotten 3/4 of a
year or even more at that level the whole time.

There are a number of different heart conditions,
too, so if you hear bad things but the condition and
degree for those ferrets was different be sure to
keep that in mind for your own sake.

-- Moderator]


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