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I was holding my ferret and she was sleeping. I felt her start

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I was holding my ferret and she was sleeping. I felt her start twitching and when I started moving her she was limp. I was moving her. Her heart was beating but she was still passed out. She then woke up and seems normal now but I'm worried
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
Hi JACustomer, thanks for your question. How long did the episode last where she had passed out?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Maby 1 minute
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She was just completely limp
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
It sounds like you have witnessed what is known as a syncopal episode. This is commonly due to an underlying cardiac problem and is fairly common in ferrets. About 15% will have some cardiac abnormality during their lives. A physical exam is indicated, as well as blood work and possibly a cardiac workup. This may involve you being referred to a veterinary cardiologist to have an echocardiogram performed (cardiac ultrasound). There are cardiac medications that can be prescribed if there is an abnormality of the heart (what medications will depend on what is wrong). There's a great article here discussing ferret cardiomyopathy: you need help finding a cardiologist in your area, please let me know your city, state and zip code and I'll get the info together for you. If nothing else, it will be useful to have this info on hand to discuss with your vet at the next physical exam.If my answer has helped you, please take the time today to leave positive feedback for me. This is the only way that I will be compensated for assisting you. Your satisfaction is my primary focus, so if questions remain please respond so that I may finish assisting you before you rate my service.