Diseases of the Cardiovascular System

Chapter 14 Diseases of the Cardiovascular System


Acquired heart disease is relatively common in middle-aged to older ferrets (>3 years of age), whereas there are few reports of congenital disease. Diagnosis is based on clinical signs, physical examination, radiography, ultrasonic examination, and electrocardiography (Fig. 14-1).


Cardiomyopathy, both dilated and hypertrophic, is reported in pet ferrets. The dilated form results in an enlarged left ventricle with systolic dysfunction, whereas the hypertrophic form produces a hypertrophy of the left ventricular wall resulting in decreased filling, a diastolic function.

Aug 31, 2016 | Posted by in GENERAL | Comments Off on Diseases of the Cardiovascular System

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