Mum - I have tried, and the vet is not convinced, but I can try again. But than I also wonder: If she has a kidney problem, couldn't that be significantly worse if we put her on heart meds? I got that impression from the vet, but might be wrong. Or she might be wrong.
Is Benazepril supposed to be so kind on the kidneys that it doesn't matter?
The testresults are back, and Poppy's albumine values are very high, indicating a renal failure. And guess what? My vet suggested to put her on Fortekor for that!
I will start her on the medicine tomorrow (the pharmasy had to order it) - 0.75 mg/day. That is perhaps a bit low, but has a practical reason, as we can only get hold of 2.5 mg pills.
But now when thinking about it the vet can't be that good in math, because 2.5 / 4 is not 0.75, but 0.625! Isn't that too little? I think the usual dose is 1 mg /kg, and she is about 1.2 - 1.3 kg, so maybe half a pill is more right?
I am very excited to see if there will be any change in her behaviour - she has been very sedate lately.
Do you think it is possible to just dissolve a pill in some liquid and use that in stead?
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I have not contacted them yet, just dissolved half a tablet in 1 ml of water and given Poppy .5 ml, and than the rest the next day. That seems to work fine for now.
I have not been able to see any difference in Poppy's behavior, but the vet doesn't think that is to be expected for a week or two, maybe more.
The vet is a bit reluctant on the dosing, though, but we decided to continue with the low dose (.625 mg/day) for 10 - 14 days and then increase dose if no improvement occurs.
Has anybody had some experience with the use of Fortekor for renal failure?
I would very much appreciate any input on this!
By the way: The vet again said that she is *so* impressed with Guinea Lynx, and especially with the references, as that makes her assured that advice found here is not just "taken out of the air", as she said it. (I almost said "As I told you!" but managed to hold my tongue!)
My current kidney pig hasn't needed lasix yet but he has heart problems and is on Fortekor. Twice daily subcues for him as well.
Don't know the answer to your question though.
For now I will continue giving Poppy the low dose of Fortekor to see if she improves, and then discuss a higher dose with my vet if not.
We started out with about 1/4 of a 2.5 mg tablet a day (eq. 0.625 mg/day), given orally at bedtime. After two weeks I saw no change, and increased to 1 mg/day. I think there has been a slight improvement in her activity level after that, but I am unable to feel any difference in her "floppiness" or muscular strenght. Does anyone know if that is as expected, or should there be an improvment by know?
I talked to my vet yesterday, and she said that it could take up to 6 monthe before any apperent changes could be seen, and suggested the same medication for another 3 months, at least, before we get a new urine sample analyzed. I think this is a long time, but perhaps I am impatient?
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
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I can't tell you how much to give. All I can tell you is that this is a twice daily med when given for heart conditions.
As I said before, I start out at 1mg twice daily and adjust slightly up or down from there, depending on how the pig handles it. Mostly they all do well at this dose.