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My spaniel is in CHF has been on vetmedin and 20 mg

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My King Charles spaniel...

My King Charles spaniel is in CHF has been on vetmedin and 20 mg furosemide 2x a day for 4 months just last night has started building more fluid in lungs coughing and labored breathing yet still eating ok . He is 12 pounds how much can I up his dose of furosemide and how often?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?

Max

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Max?

He's only 7

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Max. The proper course of action at home is to double his furosemide dose and give it every 4-6 hours until his respiratory rate decreases below 30 breaths per minute at rest or while asleep. Once that's been attained, he can be weaned to every 8-12 hour (the double dose) dosing until he can be rechecked by his vet. If it can't be attained, he needs care in a hospitalized setting. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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