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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-09-13 22:35:38 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: HELP! Furosemide for early cardiomyopthy? Aspiration ? HEART WORM

It is excellent that you did the test.

There IS a treatment for existing heart worms in ferrets (different than in dogs). It is not always successful, but works often enough that it can be worth it.

Here is the the contact information for your vet and some references on the topic. Your vet can contact Dr. Deborah Kemmerer Cottrell at

There used to be some additional info at that website but I can't find it so your vet will want updates on this:

Note the treatment options. I seem to recall Dr. Cottrell telling me that she has further refined this approach in the seven years since this article was written.

Among other things she writes:

> I do not recommend Immiticide to treat adult heartworms in ferrets. A new drug called ProHeart (moxidectin) shows great promise…

> I have used ProHeart in four heartworm-positive ferrets with excellent results. All four ferrets not only survived, but thrived and tested negative six to twelve months post-injection. All ferrets received a single dose of 0.1 cc’s regardless of weight.

> Much more research is needed to prove consistent efficacy and safety, but ProHeart is the best treatment option I have found to date.

So, it pays to read the article and to have your vet read it and discuss it with her.

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:
all ferret topics:

"All hail the procrastinators for they shall rule the world tomorrow."
(2010, Steve Crandall)


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