11282Re: [FH] Lasix
- Apr 29, 2003Hey Dana, Tigger's getting fluids and lasix. We've been doing this
since October now.
I don't know what to tell you. We have good weeks and bad weeks (right
due for a good week - he still isn't completely up to snuff since having
a stomach bug
a week ago). He's never been as energetic as he was before the
congestive heart failure -
I don't know whether he feels tired because of all the heart meds he's
on, or because
his heart isn't working properly - but overall I think he's a pretty
Since he's been on lasix, I haven't noticed he's drinking *more*, but
he's always been
a drinker, and has drank (drunk?) well since his crf diagnosis. My vet
had told me that
I would know the lasix took effect when I noticed him drinking more, but
case that wasn't so. Tigger gets 50ml fluids every other day, and I try
to add pedialyte
to his water, but I worry about it going bad, so mostly he's just
drinking plain water.
He gets 1/2 12.5 mg lasix 2x a day. I've gone up when he coughs, and
right now I've
increased fluids to 2 days on - one day off until he seems a bit perkier
(and I'm watching
his breathing like a hawk).
It's hard to say specifically, but I'd say that it took Tigger about 2
weeks to adjust to
his heart meds, including the lasix. I don't know whether that was a
direct effect of
the lasix or one of the other heart meds or just the overall change in
Hang in there Dana. Welcome to the wonderful world of juggling 2
polar opposite treatments :-}
-Debra & Tigger
& Putney, Simon, Spenser, and Cali
Dana Rulf (merlynsmama) wrote:
> > Tell us more about your kitty and what types of issues she has.
> Merlyn (15 1/2) was diagnosed (by a cardiologist) with HCM back in
> January. He was put on Atenelol, and that did the trick right away.
> Heartrate has been super ever since (I check with stethescope every
> few days). He was diagnosed with CRF at about the same time. Wasn't
> a problem until last week when he was in for bloodwork check, and we
> decided to do a chest x-ray to see if his heart enlargement was
> stopped/reversed. It was, but fluid was evident around his heart and
> lungs. Not a lot, our vet said, but it was there. He consulted with
> our cardiologist, and it was decided to put him on as small a dose of
> Lasix as possible, but still do it's job. We have cut Merlyn's sub-q
> fluids from 125ml every other day to 50ml every day. So now we are
> walking the fine line between keeping his kidneys working without
> overtaxing his heart (and vice versa).
> Since he began taking Lasix (Saturday), he has been drinking more, but
> his coat is definitely drying out. Saturday night, he seemed very
> perky -- this just after a dose of Lasix. He was very, very lethargic
> on Sunday, though, and Monday he just seemed very down. Today he was
> better, so I'm wondering if his system needed time to adjust to the
> Lasix? He's still dehydrated, but I know after his recheck on Friday
> (new chest x-ray to be sure the Lasix is doing its job) we can
> re-evaluate fluids and such.
> I'd really like to hear what others have experienced with Lasix, and
> especially if they have an HCM/CRF kitty -- how do you manage
> fluids/Lasix dosing.
> thanks so much for your feedback --
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