Journal of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association
Online ISSN : 2186-0211
Print ISSN : 0446-6454
ISSN-L : 0446-6454
A Ferret with Decreased Cardiac Contractility and Ventricular Parasystole
Naoyuki TAKEMURAYuichi MIYAKAWANoriko TODAHisashi HIROSE
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2008 Volume 61 Issue 5 Pages 386-389

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five-year-old castrated male ferret weighing 1.25 kg was presented to the Animal Medical Center of the Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University with a one-month history of exercise intolerance and one week ofintermittent coughing. A physical examination revealed that tachycardia and arrhythmia were ausclutated.Electrocardiography revealed ventricular parasystole. Although mild cardiac enlargement was observed bythoracic radiography, a reduced diastolic internal diameter of the left ventricle and fractional shortening wereconfirmed by echocardiography. Oral temocapril and atenolol were initiated, however the ferret died suddenlyafter 192 hospital days.

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