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What is Furosemide?

Furosemide is a diuretic used to treat fluid retention (edema) in dogs and cats with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or certain kidney disease. Furosemide is also used to treat high blood pressure. Furosemide for dogs and cats requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold by the tablet.
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Benefits:
Treats excessive fluid accumulation and swelling caused by heart failure and other health problems
Easy to administer

How it works:
Furosemide is a potent diuretic which works by blocking the absorption of salt and fluid in the kidney tubules causing an increase in urine output.

Cautions:
Keep plenty of water available for your pet to drink. Furosemide can make your pet’s skin more 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.


More Information:
Brand Name
Lasix (Aventis), Salix (Paytheon)
Generic Name
Furosemide (Vedco)

What is the most important information I should know about furosemide: 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. Furosemide can make the pet¿s skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may occur. Periodic blood tests as well as kidney or liver function tests may be necessary. Furosemide will make the pet urinate more often and the pet should have drinking water readily available to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

What is furosemide: Furosemide is a loop diuretic (water pill) used to treat fluid retention (edema) in dogs and cats with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or certain kidney disease. Furosemide is also used to treat high blood pressure. Furosemide is available by prescription in 12.5mg (round yellow), 20mg (round white), 40mg (round white), 50mg (round yellow), and 80mg (round white) tablets and 60 ml Furosemide Oral Solution containing 10mg/ml. The usual dose of furosemide in dogs and cats is 1-2mg/pound once or twice a day (at 6 to 8 hour intervals). Cats will usually get the lower dose. Higher doses can be given depending on the severity of symptoms. Discard the opened bottle of Oral Solution after 90 days. Furosemide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving furosemide to my pet: 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. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly 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. Periodic blood tests as well as kidney or liver function tests may be necessary. Store this medication at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.

What happens if I miss giving a dose: Furosemide is sometimes used only once, so that there may not be a dosing schedule. If you are giving furosemide regularly, give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you believe you have given your pet too much medication. Symptoms of furosemide overdose may include loss of appetite, weakness, dizziness, confusion, fainting.

What should I avoid while giving furosemide: Avoid allowing the pet to become dehydrated. Keep plenty of water available for the pet to drink. Furosemide can make the pet¿s skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may occur.

What are the possible side effects of furosemide: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving furosemide and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; 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. Side effects other than those listed in this guide may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or especially bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect furosemide: If you give your pet sucralfate (Carafate), give it at least 2 hours before or after giving furosemide. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given digoxin (Lanoxin), steroids (such as prednisone), other blood pressure medications, Amikacin, gentamicin, tobramycin, salicylates such as aspirin (Vetrin), or indomethacin. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with furosemide. Tell your veterinarian about all the prescription and over the counter medications you are giving your pet. This includes vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about furosemide written for health professionals that you can read.

 

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Directions:
Furosemide is a loop diuretic available by prescription used to treat fluid retention (edema) in dogs and cats with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or certain kidney disease. Furosemide is also used to treat high blood pressure.
Do not give this medication if your pet is not urinating.
Furosemide can make your pets skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may occur.
Discard the open bottle of Oral Solution after 90 days.
Tip: Furosemide will make your pet urinate more often than usual so your pet should have drinking water readily available to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Do not give larger amounts of this medication, or give it for longer than recommended by veterinarian. Your veterinarian may occasionally change the dose of this medication to make sure the pet gets the best results from it. Periodic blood tests as well as kidney or liver function tests may be necessary.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats: 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).
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.
Furosemide Tablet:
Active Ingredient Amount
Furosemide 12.5 mg

Furosemide Tablet:
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Furosemide 20 mg

Furosemide Tablet:
Active Ingredient: Amount
Furosemide 40 mg

Furosemide Tablet:
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Furosemide 50 mg

Furosemide Tablet:
Active Ingredient: Amount
Furosemide 80 mg

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Furosemide I decided to use 1800 petmeds to purchase my pets medication for first time due to the savings in cost compared to the cost of the vets office. It was a huge savings. It is the same medication. It works as it should with keeping the fluid from building around his heart. 03/23/2014
Same medicine, better price! One of my terriers has congestive heart failure and was prescribed this medication. The difference in price purchasing it at the Vet and purchasing it here is quite a bit! And that adds up month after month. Same exact medication, just as effective, less cost. 02/26/2014
My dog was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about two years ago. If my vet had not prescribed this medication she would not be alive. I am very thankful for this medication. 11/25/2013
Furosemide My 14-year old Shih-tzu has congestive heart failure. She has been on Furosemide and two other medications for about 9 months. The drugs, which I now buy from 1-800-PetMeds, have worked great and she no longer has shortness of breath. 10/04/2013
furosemide is great! Gracie Chihuahua came from a puppy mill and was born with a variety of health issues including A-Fib which caused a terrible cough and choking. Using this medication, she is an almost-normal little dog and while puppy mills are horrific, we managed to rescue one sad little dog and provide the love she so richly deserves. Thanks for your assistance - it's wonderful to rely on your good service! 09/15/2013
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My dog is on lasix now is this the same thing?
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Furosemide is the same as lasix, yes.
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Furosemide 50mg will cost $0.52 per tablet. We dispense the Salix brand of this tablet. Both Salix and Lasix contain furosemide however the strengths that are available for each medication vary.
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The usual range would be 55 mg to 110 mg, however keep in mind there is quite a variation in
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If the furosemide tablet was not prescribed for your pomeranian and this was an accidental ingestion, please contact your veterinarian immediately. If your veterinarian is unavailable, the ASPCA has an Animal Poison Control Center and the number to call is (888) 426-4435.
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.
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My cat is OVER 15 lbs. But he losing weight by the raw diet I am giving him, but what's left is his water retention (sagging skin layers is water retention). My vet said I don't it because his heart and looks of my cat look healthy! Is there a NATURAL ALTERNATIVE instead of RX to get his water retention gone? Can you make something that is like the others where I don't need an RX?
The hospital where I take my cats is PetDOC in Lake Underhill and State Road 436.
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We do not carry anything over the counter that acts as a diuretic. Please consult with your veterinarian.
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Yes, each way results in a dose of 10mg. Perhaps your vet prescribed the 40mg "1/4 tablet 2 times a day" thinking it would be less expensive and you would maximize the number of doses per tablet.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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