I'm sure shes louder because the vet is making a balloon out of her sides. Poor thing.
I'll check the concentrate of the Simeth. when I get home. The reason I've only been doing it 2x/day is because I thought his recommendation was high. But maybe PC is REALLY gassy. I'll also try the gas-med then reglan and see if that makes any moves.
And I hope I never HAVE to commit dosing to memory! After this past month I'm done! :)
"Klynne, I can appreciate your dismay to find that the cure was causing the problem with your pig, but I think it's risky to throw simethicone out of the medicine cabinet."
I posted, above, and prior to, Mum's post:
"Somechick, I would not discontinue Simethicone as directed by a vet; I'd just try to find an alternative brand."
My pigs are very picky and woudn't think of eating anything in the cabbage family :). PC only seems to eat romaine, green/red leaf, escarole, parsley, dill, carrots, and peppers. Anything else I've tried she turns her nose up at. Tsk tsk. She won't even eat fruit for a treat.
Oh and on my Simethicone it just says liquid 30mls. But on the Reglan bottle it says 5mg/ml.
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The action is mechanical, not pharmacological (??? sp on that one). To see this, take some old-fashioned manual dishwashing liquid, mix with water and make a bunch of bubbles. Drop some simethicone on the bubbles and watch what happens.
That's why it has a pretty wide margin of safety and wide dosing range. In our experience it either works beautifully, literally within seconds, or doesn't work at all.
Please be cautious with Cisapride. It's a stronger drug than Reglan, and can be more effective. It did one of ours more harm than good, though, before we stopped it. It produced perfect feces -- and then, he nearly had a seizure from it. He was laying on his side, breathing shallowly, with nystagmus. We stopped it immediately and he recovered, but that was scary.
Should I be suggesting something else to the vet to expel the gas?
But I'll get rid of all of them and distract her during veggie time instead.
Feeling really unmotivated and have a busy few days, probably really should look up those links with the warnings about the borborygmi type gas induced by the sugar alcohols, but, realistically it ain't gonna happen til at least next week unless somebody lights a fire under me.
Australia has some good studies, though, if you care to look yourself, and Whole Foods and GNC here in the US have some info on it. Basically, the US does not have to put warning labels on the sugar alcohols unless the product is actually *labeled* as "Sugar-Free," and/or if the percentage exceeds a certain amount. One of our usual mucked-up pieces of consumer legislation.
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Usually, they aren't. Usually.
We have one older female (best guess is going on 5) that can't handle lettuce pieces larger than a couple of square inches at the time. Any larger, she gets lethargic, puffy, and gassy-looking. She can handle apple and carrot just fine, however. Go figure.