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My 13 year-old female dachshund has had congestive heart failure for a year. She is currently taking 40mg Lasix, 2.5 mg vetmedin, 10 mg. benazepril, and 100 mg. theophylline per day. Today (Sunday) her breathing is quite rapid and labored, and she seems very weak. Shoould I increase any of her meds to make her more comfortable before I can contact my vet tomorrow? Thank you so much. Jean Bishop
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Yes, Jean, always reach for the diuretic first if you believe that Wylie is decompensating. I would double the Lasix dose to 80 mg and repeat the dose in 6 hours and have her looked at by her vet first thing in the morning. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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