- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
I'm guessing your usual vet will be less likely to stall on treatments now. It will help everyone if all the vets involved compared notes, not just for Rosie but for all potential heart pigs.
Rosie is doing much better this morning. In fact it only took around 20 minutes for the Furosemide to fix her breathing right back to normal. She was very tired after all the panicking but she greeted us this morning with a couple of zoomies around her pen which was just amazing to see.
It's too early to tell what effect the medicines have had but she seems much happier which is amazing in its self.
The vet we saw last night was going to get in touch with our usual vet today to keep her up to date. As you say webs, it will be much easier to keep her on the drugs than it was to get her on them in the first place.
Last night I also found out that Rosie has the ability to pee through four whole layers of towels in order to soak my jeans!
Rosie is currently on 1mg of Fortekor twice a day and we are having a break of the Furosemide at the moment to see how she goes without it. If her energy levels dip then we'll put her back on it at the lowest dose that has an effect.
Her energy levels are fantastic! She is back to her old self, the old self that we had really forgotten - which just goes to show how heart symptoms can gradually sneak up on you. She is now wheeking her little head off, the loudest of all but Purdie, and is first out for floor time charging about the place. It is wonderful to see. She is also now happy to be second in command to Gracie, though even as a non-dominant piggie she somehow still manages to call the big house as her own.
I know a couple of other threads are pointing to this one now as I had some e-mails about heart meds in the UK so I really just wanted to say that Rosie is doing amazingly well and I would urge anyone who suspects heart problems to make their vets give them the right drugs asap. Rosie's improvement is really astonishing and she is such a happy girlie now.
One small question that I had is that Rosie has darker fur now under her eyes, like dark circles. I wonder if this could be slightly weepy eyes or her not cleaning her face properly but the only thing that has changed before this happened was taking her off the Furosemide - could this be a cause? Since being on both heart meds her fur is much darker overall, we didn't realise before that when she went lighter it was a sign that all was not well, so I guess it could also just be with her being darker overall that some darker patches are emerging?
I am concerned about the darkening of the hair around her eyes though, it could just be me being paranoid but with all she's been through I'm going to try and get a good photo to post here to see what y'all think. I don't think the hair is thinning but it's harder to tell with her skin being dark. There are certainly no irritated or "wrong" looking bits of skin that I can see, and she doesn't seem bothered by it in the least, but it seems odd that it's so symmetrical on both sides of her face. All hair loss I can read about on here seems to be either on the body if it is cysts or hormonally related, or has scabs if it is a skin problem.
She's also gone back to rumbling ALL the time which is another concern. It could just be now that she's retaken top spot and is making sure everyone knows so we'll give it a week to see if it dies down by itself. We're off to the vets this week for more meds though so I'll get them to do a physical examination while we're there anyway. If it doesn't die down I think we'll get her an ultrasound at a different vets to see what the situation is.
Poor girl, she's been through enough already :(
The photos make her hair look a bit damp under her eye but it's completely dry and clean - it's just the flash picking out the different colours. You can see the darker hairs quite clearly and how they're making a mask shape over the top of her face and around her ears. I'm inclined to think she is just changing colour for natural reasons as she is darker overall as well, but I'm a worrypot as you all know :)
- Supporting my GL Habit
I do know that fur color can change over time. Its happened with a couple of my pigs (but usually going grey!).
I have to wonder still about possible cysts. I think now that she's feeling better from the heart meds, that she has enough energy to act out on the hormone imbalance. I know Eclair was rumbley all the time before she was diagnosed with ovarian cysts.
Good luck with her.
I think that's pretty much put my mind at rest really, I guess Rosie was always going to look like a cat burglar with that face mask after all!
Now just to keep an eye on the rumbling... thanks for the luck!
SO glad to hear that Rosie has got her energy back, and is obviously responding positively to the heart medication! Must be such a relief!
I hope the rumbling is not a symptom of ovarian/hormone troubles and she settles down again - but know you will be keeping a close eye on her, you have done really well for her over all this!
I'm pretty upset but I feel like I should be acting now rather than waiting? But I also don't want to jump the gun after all we've been through with her heart. If the nipple is crusty will it re-crust?
This afternoons check showed nothing unusual but I'll be checking her again this evening. I'm torn between worrying that if it is cysts I need to act fast, and that if it isn't I don't want to put her through the stress of a vet visit.
I'm going to take her in on Thursday for another x-ray and ultrasound but I've decided that it will be with the instruction that if they can't do the x-ray without sedation then I want it skipped completely. We feel that even if an ultrasound doesn't show anything we may have to make the decision to spay anyway and so would rather any sedation outside an operation be avoided.
Her symptoms are constant rumbling, sexual aggression, one nipple having been crusty once properly and once slightly, as well as her genitalia being swollen/enlarged according to the vet. She isn't happy with the rumbling at all and the discomfort both she and the other girls are suffering as a result makes me think that a spay is really the best option. Because something is obviously wrong.
For a spay I will probably go to another practice once I've found a vet with a good deal of experience and success in guinea pig spays. Our vets are more experienced with rabbits.
I'll do some searching of the forums and see if anyone else has had their pig spayed based mostly on the constant rumbling and sexual aggression.