Oreo, one of my other girls, just started heart meds and seems to be benefitting from them already.
Her weight is up to 758gr, which means she's gained almost an ounce in the past week. And that's with no supplemental feedings! "Dr. Dave" told her that she's looking more like a guinea pig and less like a ferret every day.
All in all, she's coming along.
I can't remember if a lung xray was done to check for fluids. It might be a good idea.
In my experience, heart pigs with swollen feet have needed lasix.
He thinks it's probably a tumor on her kidney. She hasn't lost any weight and is eating and pooping fine, so he sort of ruled out intestinal issues. He mentioned it could also be adrenal or some tissue that wasn't removed during the spay but with no hormonal issues, those don't seem likely otherwise.
Keep your fingers crossed for her. She's going in to have it removed on August 3rd.
Any advice on how to prepare her for surgery? In the past when we faced surgery, our pigs were sick and we had to handfeed to keep their weight up. Doodle weighs about 900gr now, which is the most she's ever weighed, so I'm not sure she needs the supplemental feeding. Anything else I should be doing? Other than just making sure she's happy and gets her favorite foods and things to play with, that is.
If Doodle is a senior pig a prevemtative dose of fortekor is helpful to reduce the stress on her heart.
She was so bright-eyed and sweet this morning. It's awful taking what looks to be a perfectly healthy animal in for major surgery.
Keep her in your thoughts.
I know other people here have had pigs with major liver problems, so any advice on post-op care would be much appreciated.
Also, should I be worried that two of my three pigs apparently have developed liver problems in the past three months? How common is that? Are we doing something to cause this?