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Treatment and care vary depending on the underlying reason for pleural effusion. Thoracocentesis (see above) is generally the first step. This relieves the pressure on the lungs and alleviates respiratory distress. If the ferret is stable after thoracocentesis, outpatient treatment (meaning outside of the hospital, at home) may be possible; however, hospitalization may be necessary.
Because there are such a variety of causes that may lead to pleural effusion in ferrets, there is no distinct prevention method that can be advised.
A process in which fluid accumulates in the space between the layers of pleura
The term for a quick heartbeat
An incision made into the chest wall
The membrane that lines the inside of a lung
The puncturing of a hole in the wall of the chest as a means of drawing out fluid or air
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
The escape of fluid or blood into tissues or body spaces or cavities
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it
The muscle in the abdomen that aids in breathing
Anything pertaining to the blood vessel system in the body