He had started drooling a little. He had been losing weight and old symptoms were more prominant.
My vet put him under anesthesia to take a good look at the teeth and do any neccessary work on them. From what my mother told me, he had some "spurs" in his teeth. I'm not sure what that means. I guess Dr. K corrected what was wrong. I'll have to find out more information from her later. Hopefully he doesn't have maloclussion on top of everything.
She also got bloodwork from him. Thyroid levels have shot up to over 6 (My mom said she thought it was like 6.3 but didn't write the exact # down). Dosage was increased to .50 CC
Another problem we've been having is that his lower incisors grow very fast and we end up having them cut down because they're so dangerously long. Not sure how to get that problem to stop, cardboard doesn't seem to be cutting it.
Poor Mobes. He always gives me this pathetic look. I want to make his problems go away!
Checked T4 today, it's down to 5.3 (from 6.8), but Dr. K felt (and I agreed) that we need to treat a little more aggressively, so his new dose is .5 cc in the morning and .25 cc at night. He had gained weight from the last time he was in, but he is still not over 900 grams.
Teeth were rechecked and are fine. No spurs or long incisors.
Since no one has studied Tapazole in regards to pigs, it is unknown if it could have contributed to the stomach rupture. We do know this effect is not known to happen in other animals so we are assuming it's unlikely to have been the cause. My vet lost a sheepdog patient to the same problem a few months ago and that dog was not on NSAIDs or Tapazole so the stomach rupture could have been "just one of those things".
If Moby can get over 1000 grams by his one year mark of treating his hyperthyroidism I'll be happy.
I work from home so I am able to spend a lot of time with him during the day to help calm him. Yesterday our vet (she specializes in guinea pigs, btw) mentioned that she had her first suspected case of a guinea pig with hyperthyroidism, and that she was able to feel enlarged glands under its chin. She said Oliver has the same thing and she highly suspects hyperthyroidism.
His prognosis is good, in that we have been managing it and he is not underweight because I am able to feed him enough, and he willingly eats all. Otherwise he has a clean bill of health. If he started losing weight despite eating then we would look at additional options.
She didn't draw blood, so it's not a definite diagnosis, but it's very likely that he has it. I just wanted to post this in case someone else is looking for more experiences with this issue. :)
The more info we can get the easier it will be for future suspected hyperthyroid pigs.
Tapazole is the med for Hyperthyroidism. Is your pig on it?
Chances are he also needs heart meds due to the suspected hyperthyroidism.