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From: "wulfhund"
Date: 2011-01-07 14:02:36 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] How fast do lasix /enacard start working in ferrets with dialated heart failure

We have a little girl who is 7 to 8, and she has insulinoma. However today we found out she has been in heart failure for a month now - the symptoms of insulinoma were masking it. A day ago I noticed her breathing was labored/very fast. They compared an x-ray from November to now - the November x-ray showed a heart enlarged on the right side, and the new one showed it enlarged on the left. Both lungs have fluid in them.

At 5:30pm 6/6/2011 (yesterday), she was started on Enacard, 1/4 of a 2.5mg tablet (0.625mg) every 48 hours and Furosemide, 1/4 of a 12.5mg tablet (3.125mg) every 12 hours.

We haven't seen *any* improvement. She wants to eat and move, but she just can't. Her breathing has not improved. She does manage to eat but her stomach is full of air from her rapid breathing.

The vet said see how it goes for a week - however, isn't it cruel to let her go that long? I am wondering if I should already be seeing a difference - how long to "let this go" before putting her to sleep. The vet gave me no guidelines.

I have never had a ferret with heart failure before. I realize all cases will be different - I just figured we'd see a little relief by now, but there is no difference whatsoever.

[See about the vet doing a Furosemide injection
to get down the fluid faster at first. Call the vet
and ask if the vet considers that an option for
this ferret.

A chest ultrasound is important for designing
the medication approach best for each individual
with cardiomyopathy. Some go in months, but some
live around a year and rarely even 2 years.

Some also need EKG/ECG testing done.

-- Moderator]


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