Potential Side Effects of Diuretics
Diuretics are generally safe when used as directed, but they do have side effects. Side effects or signs of toxicity may include dehydration accompanied by excessive thirst and urination, or electrolyte imbalances due to shifts in body sodium, potassium, and calcium. These electrolyte imbalances are often accompanied by weakness, drowsiness, restlessness, dizziness, stumbling, and muscle cramps or pain. If your pet is allergic to sulfa antibiotics, the diuretic Furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide should not be used. Spironolactone should be avoided in pets being treated for Cushing's Disease or Addison's Disease. Diuretics should be also used with caution when pre-existing liver disease or kidney disease is present, and should not be used at all in pregnant or nursing animals.
Giving Your Pet Supplements While on a Diuretic
Since drug interactions may occur, pet owners should always consult with their veterinarians before giving vitamins or supplements. Most general multivitamins, Omega 3 fatty acids, probiotic, and enzyme products are fine to use in pets on diuretic therapy, but it always is recommended to check with your veterinarian first.
Holistic Alternatives to Diuretics for Pets
Certain Western herbs may be considered for use alongside of or instead of diuretic therapies. One of the most common herbs used is dandelion. Other homeopathic remedies including the remedy apis mellifica also may be considered in certain cases. For any pet on diuretic therapy, it is probably best to consult with a holistic veterinarian before considering using herbal or homeopathic alternative therapies.