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I brought him in for sounding like a coffee pot. He's also lost weight. The vet did an x ray and felt Red's heard was a little enlarged and that the lungs were not as clear as they should be.
He and his brothers are about 3.5 yrs old, and come from a very inbred family. I kind of expected this to crop up after his mother and sister died young and suddenly.
- I GAVE, dammit!
That dose is so low it won't do anything, in my experience. See if you can get your vet to increase it to the standard of 1mg/kg twice daily.Red was just put on .15 ml Benazapril (Lotensin) (2.6 mg/ml suspension) every 48 hours for suspected heart issues.
It sounds as if he also needs lasix for the fluid in his lungs.
- Supporter in '14
Does anyone know if their vet will write a letter on their letterhead giving their reasons and evidence of benefit for starting cavies on heart meds just based on symptoms? It may be the only way to convince her. Carmen is dying but she still has fight left, I feel like I'm letting her down. She used to be a 1200 gram pig, weight now is 880-and she is still eating every veggie I offer. She is fighting the CC but I'm still able to get a decent amount into her. I don't know how much more weight she can lose, she is losing about 50-80 grams a week...
On the main Medical page accessable on the top of this page, under the heart section Mum's doctor, Dr. Ridgeway, has written on heart pigs. You might try printing that out for your vet.
I would leave the teeth alone at this point.
Finding another vet is defibnitely an option.
One last thought. Suggest euthanisation to your vet but say before Carmen is euthanised, you'd like to try heart meds just for the hell of it. Your vet would now be dealing with an animal that is going to die anyway so there is nothing to lose by treating her. Of course you won't be agreeing to euthanization without a trial of heart meds first. Basically, call your vet's bluff.
Could this be a West vs. East thing? We have four pigs on heart meds so I don't think it is for lack of treatment.
- Supporter in '14
ANd this morning, her compounded med is all congealed at the bottom and I can't get a dose out-it's probably been slowly thickening up since I got it on Thursday. I hate these dark bottles. I doubt she's been getting the right dose of Cipro, which may explain why she's still incontinent, peeing blood, and in pain. Calling the pharmacy as soon as they open.
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I even brought in tons of case histories and he tried to contact Dr. Ridgeway but the call was never returned.
I hope things work out for you one way or the other.