- Supporter in '14
- "Live Long and Prosper"
Freddie, Eloise and Dibs. All three have enlarged hearts on x-ray, have a history of extreme heart symptoms including rattling, hooting, bad circulation and very heavy breathing, plus loss of appetite.
I almost lost Freddie and Eloise to heart failure last summer but they are still with me. Freddie is going down hill a little but Eloise and Dibs are doing great. I suspect Freddie is older than we first thought.
Dr. Kanfer prescribed Vetmedin, 1.25mg, 1/4 tablet twice a day for these pigs. Within days they all recovered, started eating on their own and no longer had breathing problems, congestion or any other symptoms.
It isn't very expensive and so far has worked like a miracle.
- "Live Long and Prosper"
1) Female, agouti mix, 3 yrs 8 months
2) During the past few months her energy level decreased significantly, became sleepy, lethargic, wouldn't come out of the cage, I thought the changes were because she lost her cagemate. Loss of appetite, became a picky eater, her weight was stabile at 1150 gr despite of changes in her eating habits. Stopped eating 3 times during the last 2 months. Loss of muscular tonus. Sometimes hooting at night. Her weight now is 1090 gr.
3) X ray showed huge heart. Lungs clear of fluid. We're going to take cardiac ultrasound in a couple of days...
4) Lasix 2mg twice a day, enalapril 0,5 mg/kg twice a day. Benazepril is not available here.
5) None yet. It's her 4 th day on meds.
6) Bad fungal infection when I got her that took 2 months to clear up. GIT stasis problem, once almost lost her. She had abscess on her neck twice (both sides). Last year had a surgery to remove abscess, recovered well. Blocked tear duct.
I think we have Vetmedin (pimobendan), I already talked about it with my vet. He said we should wait a couple of days and see if enalapril works, if not then switch the meds. Do you have better results with Vetmedin than ACE inhibitors?
My main problem is making Masha to eat... She only picks up on strawberries, spinach and hay; she doesn't wanna eat any salad or other veggies that she would normally eat. I syringe feed her too but it's tricky because she fights me, I try not to force her too much because of her weak heart.
Just for info purposes Benazapril is the generic version of Lotinsen and is used for human heart problems. I know people who take it. I'll bet it is available where you are but possibly going by a different name.
My little one is on Benazapril, Lasix and Vetmedin twice every day.
- Supporter in '11
1 - Little Bit, abby, 5 years old, female
2 - Initial symptoms: She started breathing heavily and not eating as much.
3 - Initial testing: X-rays were done, which indicated fluid in the lungs. Heart also appeared 60% larger than normal. Heart murmur heard.
4 - Drugs prescribed: She is on Lasix (0.1 cc 2x daily) to get the fluid out of her lungs. She is on benazepril (0.4 cc 1x daily). The vet also recently added nitroglycerin, which I rub on her ear once daily.
5 - Current symptoms: She is still breathing rapidly, but it is not as bad as it was. She goes back for a 3rd reevaluation this week. She seems to be eating more and has more energy now.
6 - Other health issues: She has bladder stones. She has had two surgeries. She is on polycitra and shilintong.
Question: Has anyone else's vet prescribed nitroglycerin? My vet uses it on rabbits, so he is giving it a try with Little Bit.
I have one pig on 0.3 cc's twice a day. 0.5 cc once a day wasn't cutting it. The extra 0.1cc made all the difference. She's also on 0.75 cc's fortekor twice a day(concentration has rubbed off the bottle) The usual dose is 0.5 cc's twice a day. Before she got her meds adjusted she spent all day in one spot resting her chin on the pellet dish. Now she's jumping levels and going down the ramp to free range in the kitchen.
You'll have to learn how to do a subcue.
- Supporter in '10
1 - Lily is a Texel about 4.5 yrs (approx. b-date Jan. '05). She had her ovarian pedicles ligated, but reproductive organs are still there.
2 - She wheezed occasionally and has pea eye. Other than that, no real symptoms. Her activity level and her eating patterns did not change. She still runs around and wheeks the loudest for veggies.
3 - X-rays showed enlarged heart and fluid in the lungs. Vet also said left lung had a crackling sound due to the fluid.
4 - Enacard and Furosemide (or enalapril and lasix). 1/4 of a 2.5 mg tab of the enacard every 48 hrs. and 0.3 mL of 12.5 mg/mL furosemide every 12 hrs.
5 - None yet, as we just got the diagnosis today and will start meds in the morning. X-rays will be performed again in 7-10 days to monitor treatment and perhaps get a view of the bladder stone she may have.
6 - Nothing, really. During the same vet visit, the vet checked out a lump near Lily's back left leg but the vet said it was a benign fatty tumor. She might also have a bladder stone, but x-rays weren't conclusive.
Here's Lily's medical thread: http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=51846&start=40
Any advice for a new heart pig mom would be greatly appreciated!