We wondering if this could be diabetes brought on by his poor nutrition.vit. C defiency? Does anyone have any info? Thanks . . .
I mentioned lasix but she said it could cause renal failure and would only be something she would consider as a very last resort. I did tell her about how it seems a lot of people have success when treating frequent uri pigs with lasix and enecard and she was very surprised. She's willing to consult, though, and we may actually end up sending Fuzzy (and Kirk too) to a foster home near Boston and having him go to Angell - she would give us a referral. (we really need to hold a fund raiser for these poor piggies!) I just thought I would run the bloodwork and such here to get a better picture of what is going on. Thanks for weighing in.
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.
I weighed him today and he is up 152 grams from last Satuday (10 days). I think all of it is fluid/edema. It feels like it must be so very uncomfortable!
Does anyone have any thoughts that I can pass along to the vet in regards to helping reduce this? Pinta it definitely sounds like you think Lasix could help. I will ask her again about it. (Hoping the bloodwork has some definite answers.)
"Furosemide is associated with an increase in blood sugar levels. This is not a problem for most patients but a different diuretic may be a better choice for a diabetic patient."
Makes me definitely want to wait on the blood work results since diabetes is on our suspect list. We drew blood on the 2nd so the resultsreally ought to be in now or soon.
- Little Jo Wheek
Something like 150 grams of weight gain is concerning. My heart pig was in CHF to cause such a weight gain in him. Waiting long periods of time may cost you dearly with diuretic and/or heart issues. Usually, if edema is present, I would push for Lasix within 12 hours if heart is suspected. Hmmmm.... It's hard to say since you're still waiting on lab results. I just wish I had started Lasix sooner on my pig. I started as soon as the edema occured, but by that time things were really serious.
- Little Jo Wheek
Don't expect the bloodwork to be the end-all. It may be completely normal if it's a heart problem and not kidney! Even kidney stuff has to be severe for it to turn up in the bloodwork. It should rule out infections, certain cancers, etc. It should at least tell you if the pig should tolerate the Lasix better. Or enalapril. He should be on both if it is heart at this stage.
Kirk: No vision in his right eye most likely from a previous trauma. There's a protrusion thru the pupil and no lens. There's also new blood vessels on sclera. Slight redness on his hind legs. His lungs and heart sound fine but will know for sure after next week. He still has slight wheezing but no dischard from eyes or nose. She gave me Flurbiprofen ophsol .03% for his eye. Twice a day for ten days.
Fuzzy: The swelling on the abdomen feels like a subcutaneous mass. It's probally a lipoma (fat) but won't know for sure til the x-ray. He also had a previous eye trauma to the cornea but his is healing. She gave me Neo/Poly/Gram Ophth solution. 3 times a day for 10 days. Generalized edema in hind feet and diffused swelling of hind legs. She thinks one of the legs was fractured before. She also thinks he could have a metabolic bone problem. She will check his bone density next week. The wound is healing nicely she said. She did give me Silvadene cream to put on. Would this harm him if he licked it?
I thinks that's about it for now. They will also do blood work next week to check his sugar level when they do the x-ray. She also had a picture of my Rodney in her office. I felt proud...lol