She's on no medication for her hyperthyroidism (if that's what it is).
Yesterday the pig started having labored breathing. She's crashing either with URI or heart failure.
I hope the vet is going to do some blood work. I tried to find norms for T3 and T4 here, but no luck so far! Please, those of you who have or had pigs with hyperthyroidism post norms for T3 and T4!
Another thing that comes to my mind is diabetes, it would also explain her extremely low weight and weak immune system. Any other ideas?
- Supporter 2004-2019
Scooby's final medical crisis was a "thyroid storm", which may be happening to your friend's cavy. The thyroid rapidly releases so much hormone that her temperature and heart rate shot up. Again, the vet used the protocol for treating cats when this happens (different medications from methimazole). Scooby did respond to this treatment. Although we put her down--she probably had a thyroid tumor--it appears that the well-understood standard treatment for cats does work in cavies as well.
I hope this helps your friend's pet. I am sorry I cannot provide more specific medical information.
My vet monitored their heart rates after they went on the fortekor and there was a definite improvement. They went on methimazole after being on Fortekor when their heart rates started creeping up and the weight started coming off.
Do a blood test for diabetes and consider fortekor/lotensin to help bring down the heart rate.
I'm still confused about T4 norms, I've read the whole post about skinnies and still can't say what's normal. Bellow 20? 15?
- Little Jo Wheek
I second pinta's suggestion of adding the ACE-inhibitor for the heart on top of the antibiotic and diuretic your pig is currently taking.
All I can do is give them advice and hope her vet wil come on here and read this. But I don't wanna bore or pressure anyone.
If it were my pig I'd probably put it on ACE inh. and require blood work to be done long time ago...
I've read many heart stories during my time on GL, but oh my god, this is really extreme. My guess is some really bad congenital defect. I still wonder what kind of heart defect causes such a poor condition at so young age??