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Furosemide for dogs

Furosemide

Furosemide for dogs is a diuretic commonly used for fluid maintenance (edema) in dogs which suffer from congestive heart failure or liver disease and in some cases from certain forms of kidney disease. Furosemide for dogs is also used for treatment of high blood pressure. It requires a prescription from a veterinarian. The generic name of Furosemide is Lasix. It is very commonly used by most veterinarians and was approved by Food and Drug Administration in July 1982. The drug is orally administered and starts working in about an hour.

Availability

Furosemide for dogs are available almost everywhere. The medicine is found as tablets and is used as per pound of body weight as per prescription.

Medication process and storage

Furosemide for dogs should be administered as laid out by the veterinarian. It is a strong diuretic and should only be used when there is excessive retention of body fluids or when your pet body is swelling due cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease, nephrotic syndrome or chronic kidney disease. It is often administered as a combo with other blood pressure medications when treating for blood pressure. Furosemide for dogs is administered orally meaning should be given with food. Clean your hands after medication is administered. Never administer the medicine if your dog is not urinating as it might lead to other problems for your pet.

Furosemide for dogs should be stored in a room with cool temperature, away from direct sunlight in a light proof container. Make sure that it is kept in a high place so that your pet or child cannot reach it.

Dosage of Furosemide for dogs

In the treatment of edema in adult pet the initial per does is usually 1 to 3mg/pound of body weight. An increased does can be administered after 7 or 8 hours. There are cases where dosage is increased every 7 or 8 hours until optimal condition is reached. Veterinarians suggest taking the effective dose once or twice every day. Dogs taking Furosemide commonly drink more water and urinate frequently. While on this drug the dog’s potassium level has to be monitored and if low potassium is detected a potassium supplement can be given. Normally dosage higher than 4mg/pound is not recommended. If higher dose is administered dogs kidney functions has to be monitored every few months and they have to be observed for dehydration. Dogs that require this medicine usually stay on it for the remainder of their lives.

Overdose or missing dose

If you mistakenly overdosed your dog with Furosemide, immediately try to find emergency veterinary treatment. Symptoms of overdoes are loss of appetite, weakness, fainting, confusion. As normally Furosemide for dogs is administered only once every day, so there are no specific dosing schedule. But if you miss one does give it to your pet as soon as you remember and if events occur such that it is almost time for the next does, give the next dose on its time and do not give double dose of the medicine.