I think though when the vets open up Rosie's enormous vet file the vets tend to get a lot more cooperative with us :D
I shall tell Rosie Lady Bug! She is quite good at taking her meds but only if you do them the way she like them, feed them the way she likes them, and time them the way she likes them. I have a cage full of divas!
"My pig, my choice!" is so going to be my motto from now on at the vets :D
There have been no problems today with Rosie's breathing which is obviously a great improvement over yesterday, but the real test will come this evening. Because we're usually at work all day the girls are real lazy bugs all afternoon, they just snooze and occasionally get up for some grub. Though Rosie did run through to the kitchen at lunch time to ask why the lettuce was taking so long which is a good sign!
I'll let you know how she is this evening when the girls usually run about like mad pigs and stuff their faces. So far there seems to have been no loss of appetite though I'm weighing her daily in the evenings, and her poos look fine (I've been watching her rear end like a hawk).
I'm keen to see her energy levels, with sleeping being the norm in the afternoon it's hard not to worry :/
Trick-forgive me but without looking back here, how old is Rosie? LB is 6 years and her activity level has dropped. I think it may be due to her being a heart pig, blind and arthritic though.
- I GAVE, dammit!
here is a website that lists possible side effects.
If you hunt around you can find it for about 25c per pill on the web (reliable sites). You'll need an rx from your vet to order it.
Lotensin/Fortekor at 1.25mg twice daily
Lasix/Furosemide at 6mg twice daily
Vetmedin at 0.3125mg (1/4 of a 1.25mg tablet) twice daily
We've used as high as 1.5mg fortekor twice daily in 1kg pigs
Lasix doses depend on the pig's reaction as you've discovered.
That is the normal Vetmedin dose.
I ran into the Vetmedin sales rep at the vet and found out it's best to mix it with water if your are doing a suspension. i.e. - don't bother with suspension fluid. It will last for 48 hours after being mixed with water.
We've had no adverse reactions from the Vetmedin and it seems to be very helpful for many of our heart pigs. Pigs that improve on fortekor but still seem blue in the gums, pink up quickly once on Vetmedin.
Probably the best thing you could do for her kidneys is hydration subcues to counteract the dehydration from the lasix. You would want to avoid adding more meds to the mix unless you have to.
Ask your vet how much extra fluid Rosie should be getting. Depending on the pig, we will subcue 20ml's fluid daily or as needed. A properly hydrated pig will be more active and have a better appetite than a dehydrated pig.