- Little Jo Wheek
The heart size and murmur intensity may not decrease with treatment. We generally go by behavior and other clinical signs to see how the pig is doing. I really wish your vet would have given you some Reglan and Enacard...
Josephine provided me with dosing recommendations on ACE inhibitors for Sean and that made my vet much more comfortable about prescribing one. She prescribed Lotensin (which I think is the same as Fortekor). Sean took this med during the last year of his life.
Here are the dosages that Sean was taking for both meds:
12.5 mg Lasix (1/2 of the dose in the a.m. & 1/2 in the p.m.)
1/4 of a Lotensin 5 mg tablet (1.25 mg per day)
I also want to mention that Sean took TABLETS for both of these meds. I had to use a pill cutter to cut the tablets into the right size for each dose. They were, therefore, small pieces. I turned Sean onto his back, cradled him in my left hand and arm, and then popped the small bit of pill into his mouth. I popped the pill in sideways behind his front teeth and right onto his tongue--toward the back. He seemed to have a natural gag response that caused him to close his mouth and move the pill to his molars which then chewed it up. Sean never tried to spit the Lasix out, but he did spit the Lotensin out occasionally. I just put it right back and after another try or two, Sean would eventually chew it and swallow it. Sean never choked during the process of giving him his meds in this way.
Here's a great link on Lotensin. I found the explanation on how the med works to be helpful. Please scroll down to the Dosage section and read the paragraph written for patients on diuretics (such as Lasix). It explains a lot. (Please note that this write-up on Lotensin was written for HUMANS so please ignore the recommended dosage, but I think it is still helpful in explaining the interaction with diuretics.)
You get the idea. A little weight goes a long way with these guys....
Glad to hear that she's doing a bit better, though. :)
You have no idea if she is gaining or not. You can't make this statement.
Personally I would feed the Critical Care. She is still ill and struggling. I know people who feel it really gives them an edge -- very nutritious and has lots of extra good things.
Because of the strange fluctuations in weight, you really have no idea where she is.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Here is the way I see it. She is getting things to help her motility, so she should be able to poop ok now. I understand your concern with bloat, thank God that is something I've never been through.
OK, so the Critical Care is the BEST POSSIBLE food you can get into her. Ounce for ounce, it has more and better nutrition that anything else she will eat on her own.
It will most likely firm up her poops. If I am ever able to even get 10 cc's a day into a pig, they have been saved.
Since her weight gain is due to air, extra fluid, and other abnormal things, my guess would be that she still needs terrific nutrition.
Critical care has that. So although she is now afraid of you, she will calm down. She needs to get into her system the things that the CC has in it, the probiotics, fiber, vitamins, etc.
I know it means a ton of extra stress, but he way I see it, if she is on this many meds, she needs all the nutrition she can get. Oh, and one more thing. The Critical care has things in it to ward off dehydration.
Take care, ok? Prayers are being said on this end.
No, not always. I agree with Kleenmama. The additional weight is probably caused by the fluids she is retaining due to her heart problems. She is weighing more on the scale, but if it's fluids, it doesn't really count as a real weight gain, as in gaining fat and muscle. I would still handfeed her Critical Care. It can only help.
I hope she keeps improving.