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Diuretics questions

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  • Sarah McCoy
    Piglet s breathing seems to be deteriorating somewhat (it s not drastic, but I d like to take care of it before it becomes drastic), so I called the specialist
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2004
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      Piglet's breathing seems to be deteriorating somewhat (it's not
      drastic, but I'd like to take care of it before it becomes drastic),
      so I called the specialist (IM) vet's office, and they told me to put
      him back on the full dosage of Lasix which caused him to go into
      acute renal failure last week! I told them that I thought that was a
      very bad idea, because it caused him severe problems last week, and I
      wanted to avoid him getting permanent kidney damage. The girl on the
      phone just didn't seem to give a sh!t. This makes me SO angry. They
      are pretty much the only game in town, it seems. Perhaps I can
      contact the college of vet medicine in town and get another
      specialist for him...

      Anyway, I'm taking him to my local vet this morning, but if they want
      to give him Lasix, what do I do?? I think he should be on a thiazide
      diuretic instead of a loop diuretic, as that is what the drug
      manufacturers recommend. I know that the loop diuretic is more
      powerful and removes the fluid from the lungs faster, but since he's
      not in a bad way yet, I think it would be OK to use a thiazide
      diuretic instead. Does anyone else on here have any
      experience/expertise in such matters?
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