- You can quote me
Dosing has a fairly wide range. Caveat: I do not have the bottle in front of me and am going on memory. Check these dosages and concentrations with your vet first! As best I recall, our vet gave me a 10 mg/mL compounded oral medication and directed me to give 0.1 to 0.2 mL once OR twice a day depending on need. This for a pig a little over a kilo (say, 1100 g or so as best I recall at that point in her life). Thus, 1 to 4 mg daily for an 1100 g pig.
I do recall looking the dose range up in Carpenter's and my vet used exactly what Carpenter's had. So if you can get the book, if someone else here has it handy, or if I can remember to bring it to work tomorrow :-p, it's exactly the range in Carpenter's.
It was relatively palatable to our group. We had it compounded with a light watermelon flavor, and the recipients usually took it willingly. One of my old vets did, however, want bloodwork done every 6 months or so to check proper liver function. As I understand it it's a little harder on the liver than Metacam, while Metacam is a little harder on the kidneys than carprofen.
Pinta-I don't have anyone around here that would do those kinds of procedures on a Guinea Pig. Even UC Davis, were I able to get up there, doesn't do those kinds of things. I do so envy you your vets.
Talishan-thank you for the info. I will call the Bugs vet tomorrow and discuss this with him. I think to start I just want the smallest amount possible just in case she turns out to be one of the pigs that can't tolerate Carprofen.
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
Was on 1.2ml Benazapril twice a day, 1/4 of a Vetmedin pill twice a day, .6ml Lasix twice a day for her heart.
For her arthritis she was on .2ml Metacam twice a day. She had ceased walking like a Guinea Pig and moved more like a bunny due to the deterioration in her her hind quarters. I was reluctant to put her on Rimadyl due to the side effects where as she was tolerating the Metacam.
The last couple of days I noticed a definite pear shape to her and she had started losing clumps of hair from her left flank.
Before I could react to the hairloss, fearing ovarian cysts, she died on 7/15/09. I think it all just became too much for her body to handle.