Lasix For Dogs: Diuretic Medication
This article contains information regarding the use of Lasix for dogs suffering with a variety of conditions. You can find the Lasix dosage for dogs, safety recommendations, side effects and more.
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Furosemide, commonly marketed under brand name Lasix, is the most powerful diuretic available for prescription in cats and dogs commonly used in the treatment of a variety of illnesses, most notably congestive heart failure. Furosemide increases the amount of water passed through urination by limiting the absorption of sodium and chloride (which together form salt) in the kidneys.
Lasix dosage for dogs
The most common dosage prescribed by vets ranges between 1 mg and 2 mg per pound twice a day, leaving at least 8 hours between doses. For example, if you have a 60 lb dog, the correct dosage to administer would be within the scale of 60-120 mg. You should make an appointment with a vet before using the drug for a formal diagnosis and advice on which dosage to use.
Is Lasix safe for dogs?
Lasix is a drug which is safe for use in dogs when prescribed by a vet, however you should be aware of several factors. Because the drug may cause alterations in the blood electrolyte levels, your dog may experience a range of side effects listed below.
- You must seek approval from a licensed veterinarian before using furosemide
- Do not administer this drug to pregnant dogs
- Be sure to keep your pet hydrated during treatment with this drug
- Notify the vet if your dog has a kidney or liver disease
- Monitor closely for signs of electrolyte imbalance
- Take care of the dosage as too much can lead to dehydration
Be aware of signs that your dog is developing a bad reaction to the drug. Serious signs include fainting, seizures, discoordination and less frequent or no urination. If any serious symptoms occur such as those listed, or any others, seek immediate assistance from a trained vet as left untreated symptoms could get worse. You should also avoid use in pregnant dogs unless absolutely necessary.
Uses of Lasix for dogs
Lasix has many different uses, most notably for the treatment of:
- Swelling (for example, as a result of heart failure)
- Pulmonary edema
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
Side effects of Lasix use in dogs
Commonly, an increased rate of urination, as well as an increase in the amount of urine passed. This may be accompanied by thirst due to the increased amount of water being lost. Other side effects include fatigue or restlessness, depression, diarrhea and vomiting. In cases of fluid loss, such as diarrhea and vomiting, you should seek medical attention right away to avoid excessive dehydration.