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Thank you for asking about Toto.
My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.
This sounds like a good combination of heart medications.
It is probably the Seguril that is causing her to leak urine.
How much is she taking, and how much does she weigh?
I would not stop giving it, or she might build up fluid in the lungs again. But you could try to lower the dosage.
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Thanks for getting back to me. I'm not at my computer very much and so I went off to do jobs whilst I waited for your reply - and then missed it. I'm 'on line' now if you are around.
Firstly, I think Toto possibly weighs less than 10lbs and the current dosage of Seguril is1/2 tablet (40mg strength) twice a day, so I could try giving it her just once a day.
You say that I may be able to take her off diuretics if she responds well to the Vetmedic and Fortikor, but how do I know whether she is responding well, apart from getting her x-rayed, which is very expensive. Apart from 'leaking' she seems perfectly healthy. She's a bit slower than she was, but she still enjoys walks and playing with her toys. You wouldn't know that there is anything wrong with her! We discovered that she was ill when she started coughing, as if she was choking and that's when she had an x-ray which revealed the fluid.
You mentioned that we could try her on 'spironolactone', but I'm not sure whether we could get this in Spain. Also, what is it? Is there a natural medication that we could try?
Hi Rebecca,Thanks for responding to my rating. I wish I could have afforded to give you a larger tip, but things are a bit tight at the moment.
You really have been most helpful, especially as we are having to leave Toto in 3 weeks time, whilst we are away for a couple of months. Our daughter will be looking after Toto whilst we are away,so I have reduced her Segural dose in the hope that this will help with her diuretic problem so that her bedding doesn't have to be washed every day!
You mentioned that the medication Toto is on will help prolong her life, but do you have any idea what time scale we are talking about. I realize that you may not be able to answer this question, but are we talking about weeks, months or years?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Not sure whether you'll get this, as I've now cancelled my subscription, but just wanted to say that 'chatting' with you has really put my mind at ease. I took Toto to the vet recently and she says that Toto is much better. Also, she said we could reduce the dose of Vetmedin, which I've already done. I'm not sure, but I think Toto is weeing less. She's taken to going outside at night, so it's difficult to tell, but her bed is remaining dry for the time being.
Thank you very much for all your help and advice. It greatly helped when I spoke to the vet.