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HE'S IN CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE. Been onFUROSEMIDE 6MTHS.

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HE'S IN CONGESTIVE HEART...

HE'S IN CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE. Been onFUROSEMIDE 6MTHS. TODAY IN

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?

TODAY HE'S IN MAJOR DISTRESS. HE TAKES 2 TABLETS TWICE A DAY AT 20MGS. CAN I INCREASE HIS LASIC HE IS 18LBS AND IS 17YRS OLD.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?

HE'S coughing VERY loud. What doses do you recommend. Again, 18lbs, 17yrs.old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?

Louie, 17yrs.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Louie?

HAPPY, good EATER.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I am sorry to hear you are worried about Louie. Is furosemide the only drug he is taking for his congestive heart failure?

If he is 18 pounds he can take 20 mg of furosemide up to 3 times daily. If he is not doing well, it may be time to add another medication; furosemide by itself may not be enough to treat congestive heart failure. I would ask your veterinarian about starting enalapril or pimobendan.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Sorry, he's on enenapril 2.5 once a day. And vetmedin 5.0 , I brake in half. One half in morning one half at night. 18lbs.
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Good, glad to hear that.

I would increase the furosemide to twice daily, and ask your vet about maybe adding spironolactone.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I am so sorry but I can't make calls for the website; I can only answer questions here.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

How is Louie? I did not hear back from you.

Was this helpful; do you have any other questions?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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