Fluid in the Chest Cavity of Ferrets

Treatment

 

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.

 

Prevention

 

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.