Mind you, Josephine has weaned Antoine off Lasix. When I tried Poppy off lasix for a week, her hind feet swelled. Unfortunately treating heart conditions in pigs is uncharted territory, so you have to go by trial and error.
Watch for signs of infection in the paw. Heart pigs are very slow to heal and prone to infections.
Also you might still want to supplement by handfeeding. Once they lose weight it is very difficult to put it back on.
And you might want to try the Beano along with the Simethicone. The Beano helps digestion in the stomach(as far as I know) while Simethicone gets rid of gas in the intestines. One of my vets said they were safe to use at the same time.
- Little Jo Wheek
Interestingly enough, I have a suspected wave jaw pig right now with ear margin necrosis. I'm wondering if it is soley molar or if there could be heart involved. No fluid retention. I put her on Enacard to see. Molar xrays next week, hopefully.
Cara - we've never been able to totally wean our heart pigs off Lasix. The most I could do was bring Bloom back to 0.5cc daily after she was on 0.5cc at noon and 0.25cc at midnight.
Poppy seems the most likely candidate to wean off Lasix but her feet definitely swell and ulcerate when she is off. But her lungs always sound dry. That's what makes it so hard when coming up with a treatment protocol - each pig seems really individualized when it comes to symptoms. One size does not seem to fit all. We won't even know for sure that Poppy does have heart problems until it's time for an autopsy.
Bloom we do know has heart problems since she was diagnosed when she went into heart failure. But that is a risky way to diagnose. If you aren't there when it happens, you can't help them which is why we are taking proactive action with Poppy. With her there are enough red flags (swollen feet when active, gradual inactivity, weight loss, heartbeat you can feel with you hands)to indicate treating for heart.
Do your pigs on Enacard get it once or twice daily? Zipper is on 0.2 cc in the am only. Her breathing is always labored but certainly better than before. I haven't noticed any swelling of her feet. Maybe she just has mild heart disease. I wonder if the Enacard were a higher dose if the breathing would be less labored. I will ask the vet next Weds. He says she is doing well. Do you know what happens if she gets too much Enacard?
I'll keep a special eye on the toe, it seems to be healing ok. No swelling that I've noticed.
I will ask for bloodwork every 6 months if she can't be weaned off of the lasix.