How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Diane Your Own Question

Dr. Diane
Dr. Diane, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 233
Experience:  Regional. 20 years experience small animal practice and emergency medicine.
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Diane is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog is coughing and is taking Lasix (50mg) but will not

Resolved Question:

My dog is coughing and is taking Lasix (50mg) but will not go outside to urinate. I've encouraged her to go out and she gets up like she is going to go but then goes to lay down, with her head down like she thinks I'm upset. Should I continue to give her the Lasix? Seeing her like this is breaking my heart, please help.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Diane replied 5 years ago.

Hello,

 

I'll try to help. How long has she been on Lasix? Is she on any other drugs? Has she had a cardiac work-up? How old is she? Is she urinating in the house?

 

Thanks!

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She has only been on it for a full day. I was supposed to give it to her at 10:30 but I was afraid b/c she has not been using the bathroom. She is not taking any other medication. She is 5 yrs. old. She is not using the bathroom in the home but she is throwing up everything that she eats.
Expert:  Dr. Diane replied 5 years ago.
Has she had a work-up and diagnosis? When was she last seen? How long has she been vomiting?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She has not had any cardio workup b/c the vet wanted to see if the meds would work first. She was seen yesterday. She has been vomiting for a week or more now. At first it was white foaming then after she'd eat about 40 minutes or so, she would throw the food she ate up. Just recently, when she throws up, it smells like feces.
Expert:  Dr. Diane replied 5 years ago.

To be honest, in my opinion, your dog really needs a further work-up. Did they do bloodwork at all? Chest xrays?

 

If her coughing is improving with Lasix, then you can let your vet know that. However, if she isn't taking it at all, then you won't know that. However, I wouldn't personally start a dog on Lasix without doing more of a work-up first, because we don't know what else may be going on with her. Also, I like to know whether kidney function is normal first and whether the pet is dehydrated, etc, before Lasix. And whether or not the vomiting of phlegm is related to the coughing or another problem, I don't know.

 

Also, Lasix is a diuretic, so if anything, it'll make her urinate more. Make sure she is drinking plenty of water. If she is holding her urine, try carrying her outside to her usual spot and see if she'll go there.

 

As far as throwing up her food, try feeding her very small amounts at a time more frequently than usual. Try a bland (1/3 chicken boiled 2/3 boiled white rice) diet for a couple of days. Also, don't let her guzzle a ton of water at one time. Small frequent amounts will stay down better.

 

Hope this helps and good luck!

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
What do I do if she is not drinking water? She won't do anything.
Expert:  Dr. Diane replied 5 years ago.

Hello again,

 

If she isn't drinking anything by tomorrow, I would seriously consider having her seen at the Vet ER. Especially on Lasix, she needs water. Try giving her some ice cubes, some dogs will lick those. Also, measure the amount of water you put in her bowl and then measure what is left in 12 and 24 hrs. That way, you'll know exactly how much she is drinking or not.

 

Keep us posted!

Dr. Diane, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 233
Experience: Regional. 20 years experience small animal practice and emergency medicine.
Dr. Diane and 2 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    13796
    UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    9550
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    7758
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6598
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6377
    13 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    6049
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 yrs. of experience.