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Furosemide is a drug used to prevent fluid build-up in the lungs or abdomen in pets with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease. Furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, is used to reduce fluid accumulation and prevent further edema from forming. Furosemide for dogs and cats requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold by the tablet.
Cats and Dogs
Do not give this medication if your pet is not urinating. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or an allergy to sulfa drugs. Keep plenty of water available for your pet to drink. Furosemide can make your pet's skin sensitive to sunlight. There are possible adverse interactions with other drugs, so fully disclose to your veterinarian what you are giving your pet. This medication should not be used in pregnant or nursing animals. Closely monitor your pet for signs of dehydration.
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving furosemide and seek emergency veterinary care; an allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat). Stop giving furosemide and call your veterinarian at once if any of these serious side effects occur; dry mouth, thirst, nausea, and vomiting; weakness, drowsiness, restlessness; irregular heartbeat; muscle pain or weakness; urinating less than usual or not at all; bleeding, unusual weakness; hair loss; "bulls-eye" lesions; vesicles around mouth, ears, and groin; hearing loss; nausea, stomach pain; fever; loss of appetite; dark urine; jaundice. Continue giving furosemide and talk with your veterinarian if any of these less serious side effects should occur; diarrhea, constipation, or stomach pain; headache; dizziness, or blurred vision.
Store this medication at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.
Give this medication as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give larger amounts, or give it for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may occasionally change the dose to make sure your pet gets the best results from this medication. Furosemide will make the pet urinate more often and the pet should have drinking water readily available to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
|All weights||The usual dose is 1-2mg per pound of pets body weight given once or twice daily (at 6 to 8 hour intervals) or as directed by your veterinarian. Cats will usually get the lower dose (1mg per pound of pets body weight once a day).|
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