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Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:56 pm


If you do not have a thread on this pig, you might want to start one. This isn't a discussion thread. Oh, and read over all these posts (you can sometimes search out the original posts using key words).

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Post   » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:22 pm


Lawomans asked me to add the information on Isaac.

1 - Neutered 3lb boar, adopted from rescue 2 years prior. Thought to be around 4 years old now.

2 - For quite some time had occasional hooting and morning cough.
Was checked by a different vet and prounced healthy. Very 'laid back' animal.

3 - Hooted for several hours one day, so we took him to my vet. Examination revealed no hooting or other symptoms. X-ray taken at our request showed small amount of fluid in lungs and enlarged heart pressing on trachea. Also showed gas in stomach.

4 - Initially prescribed 0.8 mg benazepril and 3mg lasix twice daily, which was taken for two weeks. Still coughing and hooting sometimes, so lasix was increased to 5mg twice daily.

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Post   » Fri May 19, 2006 8:51 pm


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Frizzle: Teddy, close to four, Female

[/i]2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems[/i]

Persistant coughing with eating as if something was lodged in throat. Began coughing periodically without eating first. Was worried heart was pressing on trachea.

3 - diagnostics done and the results

Xray. Showed enlarged heart.

4 - treatment, med and dosage

Lotensin 5mg. Compounded. I give .6cc's twice daily.


5 - results of treatment

Too early to tell. Diagnosed today

6 - other med issues

Used to cry or grunt while pooping and/or peeing. Abnormal kidneys and liver, bladder/sludge issues diagnosed on xray and ultrasound but have resolved. Some calcium issues with ribs during this but was not mentioned on today's xray.

Episode with bouts of diarrhea which Flagyl resolved.

She has always been a snuffley pig with clicky breathing but not much trouble with URI's. An echo was done on her heart over a year ago and was normal. She was not coughing at the time. She began coughing around 4-6 months ago. Just recently started coughing without eating first. She is not spayed.

bookiepig

Post   » Fri May 26, 2006 5:31 pm


Update on Chasca:

Yesterday morning she was breathing very hard, actually making little “yip” sounds with each breath. I took her to the vet who said that her lungs were filling up and I should triple the amount of lasix I was giving her for a few days. He was also concerned about infection (she had a little discharge from her nose), so prescribed antibiotic just to be on the safe side.

I brought her home and within a couple of hours I could tell that she was fading fast, really struggling to breathe and moaning. Before I could get her in her carrier to go back to the vet, she began convulsing. I took her in my arms and she convulsed for a few minutes and was gone.

If anyone in the Denver metro-area can use her lasix and enalapril (which I just had refilled yesterday morning, so are full bottles of medicine), please email me at the address listed in my profile.

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mkkayla
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Post   » Fri May 26, 2006 6:58 pm


I am so sorry you lost her. Godspeed Chasca to the parsley fields above.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri May 26, 2006 7:42 pm


Oh, bookiepig, I am so sorry she's gone. Sometimes they seem so fragile.

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Post   » Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:46 pm


1. Marilyn - abbyruvian sow, pulled from shelter end of 05, previous owner who had her since a baby said she ws 3 years old.

2. Very pear shaped with a squishy lower half. Belly pig. Very laid back (except if put in with other adult sows, when she becomes a holy terror). No other symptoms until I heard a very slight clicking.

3. Had thorough vet check when she came in - was pronounced healthy. I took her back after the clicking, vet listened to her chest and said it was clear. X-ray, though, showed a small amount of fluid in lungs and extremely enlarged heart.

4. Put on Lasix 2mg 2xday and Lotensin 0.70mg 2xday.

5. Several weeks later no clicking but no difference in behavior. Vet says if the enlargement was caused by leaky valves the lotensin won't do anything. I'm keeping her on that regimen for a while just in case.

6. From the xrays the vet thought that she was closer to 5 than 3.

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Post   » Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:03 pm


1 - breed, age and sex of pig
2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems
3 - diagnostics done and the results
4 - treatment, med and dosage
5 - results of treatment
6 - other med issues


1. Harry- Male Texel age unknown. Senior probably

2. Has lost two and a half ounces but eats well, sleeping more, came to me with pea eye in one eye a couple years ago. Now has pea eye in both eyes.

3. Spoke to vet over phone but am taking him in Monday. Not sure what vet will suggest in way of diagnostics. Probably xray at the least.

4. Will start lotensin today (will need to post dosage later)

No other medical issues. Has never been sick since with me. My only senior lap runner.

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Post   » Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:39 pm


Harry had an enlarged heart upon xray today. My vet counted 4 rib spaces. He considers the heart enlarged when it goes past 3 or 4 rib spaces. His dosage is the same as Frizzle's, .6 twice daily of lotensin.

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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:31 pm


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Eloise, Teddy, female, less than a year. Was about 6 months old when pulled from shelter.

2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems

Came in with 'pneumonia' - never showed any signs of illness, except for rattling and fluid in the lungs, shown on xray. No signs of an enlarged heart. Treated with doxy and baytril. Rattling subsided after 3 days. Today foster parent realized she had been hooting for a while and coughing in the mornings. Is gaining weight well but has become more lethargic. Squishy belly.

3 - diagnostics done and the results

Previous xrays taken when she came in from the shelter only showed some fluid, no enlarged heart. Will get xrays repeated next week.

4 - treatment, med and dosage

Will start on a 10-day trial today:
Lasix 5mg once a day
Lotensin 1mg twice a day

5 - results of treatment

TBD

6 - other med issues

None[/quote]

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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:33 pm


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Frosting, silkie, at least 3 years old (probably more), female. Found outside petstore last week.

2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems

Very lethargic, squishy belly

3 - diagnostics done and the results

None yet, will get xray next week

4 - treatment, med and dosage

Starting on a 10-day trial of lotensin: 1mg twice a day

5 - results of treatment

TBD

6 - other med issues

eye problem, probably common to old age (discussed in her thread)

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Post   » Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:07 am


Update on Frosting and Eloise:

x-rays taken yesterday:

Eloise's showed a very enlarged heart. The previous xray taken back in January was of poor quality, and her heart was obscured.o

Frosting also showed a very enlarged heart. And she is at least 6 years old, maybe more.

Both are now on lotensin 1.0mg twice a day. Eloise is given lasix when she rattles.

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Post   » Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:11 am


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Leo, male, rescued September 06, adopted out same month. xray shows he's about 4

2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems

Lap pig, very 'laid back.' Recently lost 12 ounces in 3 weeks, but may have been in part due to mouth abscess

3 - diagnostics done and the results

xray showed very enlarged heart

4 - treatment, med and dosage

lotensin: 1mg twice a day

5 - results of treatment

TBD

6 - other med issues

abscess in mouth

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Post   » Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:13 am


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Muffin, sow, about 4 years old (determined by xray), pulled from shelter several months ago. Currently in foster.

2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems

Somewhat lethargic, possibly due to blindness

3 - diagnostics done and the results

xray showed enlarged heart on one side

4 - treatment, med and dosage

lotensin: 1mg twice a day

5 - results of treatment

TBD

6 - other med issues

partially blind

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Post   » Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:49 am


The vet discussed the xray with a radiologist. Her heart isn't enlarged after all - it was rotated on the xray.

Stopping the lotensin since she shows no other signs (that couldn't be explained by blindness).

pinta

Post   » Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:44 am


1 - Dervish, 4-year-old sow, lilac smooth hair with some ridges.

2 - Normally a wild pig who is hard to catch, Dervish became easy to catch and stopped coming out of the condo to free-range.

3 - Vet listened to heart with stethoscope. 300 heart rate

4 - Fortekor twice a day

5 - suddenly started coming out of the condo and is getting harder to catch after 2 days of heart meds.

6 - none so far.

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Post   » Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:39 pm


Update on Frosting:

Day 16 of lotensin at a dosage of 1.0mg twice a day:

she's running laps around the cage and popcorning (pretty impressive for an old lady!).

She occasionally hoots, and when she does I give her 0.3ccs of lasix.

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Becky

Post   » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:00 pm


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Chippy is a Peruvian female. Born February 1999.

2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems

Chippy was not as active as usual and easier to catch. In fact, I was able to put my hand on her once before she woke up. She also has been losing weight very gradually.

3 - diagnostics done and the results

Vet took an x-ray. Her heart was enlarged slightly. There also was a pocket of fluid in her lungs as well as another mass. He suspected the second mass was fluid-filled, but we'll monitor it.

4 - treatment, med and dosage

Enalapril (20mg) suspended with Oraplus 18.0mls and Orasweet 2.0 mls: (1mg/ml) Her dosage is 0.25 mls orally once daily.

Furosemide (200mg) suspended with Oraplus 18>0 mls and Orasweet 2.0 mls: (100mg/ml). Her dosage is 0.15mls twice a day for seven days, then once daily.

5 - results of treatment

I noticed an increase in energey very quickly, particularly in how she is eating. Today, however (3 days into treatment), her breathing seems a bit stickier. Followup x-ray and med adjustment on July 15.

6 - other med issues

Was spayed for ovarian cysts. Had major bladder sludge issues and chronic inflammation of the bladder. Has arthritis in her back. Passes mucus and blood on occasion.

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Post   » Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:05 am


1 - breed, age and sex of pig

Millie, possibly texel or teddy mix, 20 months, surrendered

2 - brief description of symptoms that made you suspect heart problems

Always been quiet from birth. Came to me after giving birth to 3 babies who died. Mother didn't feed them. Was very lethargic and not eating. Owner said she was always quiet.

3 - diagnostics done and the results

Xray finally showed enlarged heart (first xray was poor and didn't show heart properly - vet said it was ok. I insisted on more xrays until we had a good view).

4 - treatment, med and dosage

1mg lotensin twice daily.

5 - results of treatment

TBD

6 - other med issues

Treated for pneumonia, which cleared quickly. Still treating for other issues, including mouth abscesses resulting from accident with buccal pad separators. Ongoing diarreah and anorexia.

FanGirl

Post   » Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:16 pm


Tony (diagnosed 2 days ago)
1 - Neutered Boar, american 4.5 years old
2 - Noticed weight loss and interesed in eating but only nibbled at food.
3 - Vet heard a murmer and his heart was beating so fast that it was burning off too much food. Also discovered a URI
4 - Syringe feed hin mashed pellet food with baby food fruit and veggies to put weight back on and stumulate appatite, andtibiotic for URI. NO heart Meds
5 - Doing better and starting to eat more on his own
6 - No other medical issues

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