Date: 2011-09-11 22:42:52 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: HELP! Furosemide dosing for early cardiomyopthy?
Thank you Dr. Ramsell!
I take dosing VERY seriously, and I do understand that the amount of the " actual medicine" given varies based upon animal weight as well as how concentrated the medicine is.
I was given 12.5 mg tablets with instruction to give a half tablet every 12 hours. This seems a bit high for a ferret whose x-ray shows only some haziness in the lungs with perhaps (but not for sure) a slight enlargement of the heart. No real signs of fluid accumulation anywhere.
I gave only one small dose, and stopped the med since about an hour after giving the med., my ferret did not feel well,and his membranes were pale with poor capillary refill time. (I will not be giving any more of the furosemide without further confirmation of the tentative diagnosis.
Per the updated info in this thread, I actually feel the problem may be related to feeding a higher percentage of a particular feeze-dried raw diet while I was traveling. The drier, denser food seemed to irritate the stomach (like a hairball might do). It seems to be causing an INTENSE, "honking" cough after eating the dry food. I believe this may have resulted in reflux/irritation of the lungs.
For further details, please review the post in this thread with the updated subject line which now mentions freeze-dried raw and possible aspiration.
Any additional recommendations will be greatly appreciated. My ferret is doing well today (No more coughing since my ferret is now on a soft food/moistened diet1)
Many Thanks for the help!
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