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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? How long has she been on these medications for? Did she have an heart ultrasound performed before being placed on these medications?
Okay thanks for the additional information. So she wasn't coughing at all or showing any signs of respiratory issues? Did they do chest x-rays as well? Was the ultrasound done by a veterinary cardiologist? Depending on what they found on the ultrasound as far as how enlarged the heart was and if the heart was having any problems with beating that could determine if any of her medication could be adjusted. Since you mention that she was not coughing at all she may be able to come off of the Furesomide unless your veterinarian noted any fluid in lungs. The Vetmedin would be needed if the ultrasound demonstrated that her heart was not contracting properly before the meds.
Yes if you discontinue the medications she can get even worse. At best you may just want to ask the cardiologist if you can make some adjustments to the dose either decreasing the frequency or the dose itself and see if there are any side effects from doing that. Then maybe have labwork performed just to make sure none of the medications are not infecting any of the organs.