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  • Emily Valentin
    My Tiger is having difficulty breathing. He is very congested and tired. He takes 12.5 mg of Furosemide (full tablet) twice a day. His cardiologist and vet are
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      My Tiger is having difficulty breathing. He is very congested and tired. He takes 12.5 mg of Furosemide (full tablet) twice a day. His cardiologist and vet are not coming back until tomorrow. I  was wondering if I could give Tiger a 3rd dosage of the Furosemide to help him get rid of the liquid. Also, he is drinking a lot today. I'm afraid that drinking too much water will cause him to retain more water. Should I limit his water intake? Anyone giving their kitty furosemide 3 times a day? 

      Any advice is appreciated and before I forget Happy New Year!

      Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
      Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
      Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

      "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
    • Emily Valentin
      He does not have any open mouth breathing. Last night he was breathing 44+ then it went down to 33 but then up. I increased the vetmedin bc his cardiologist
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        He does not have any open mouth breathing. Last night he was breathing 44+ then it went down to 33 but then up. I increased the vetmedin bc his cardiologist had originally wanted him to be on a full pill but I was giving him only half. Started givin him a full pill last night. He is up and around playing right now but I do see him breathing fast. 

        Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
        Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
        Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

        "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
      • Joanne Haeussinger
        Emily, Our little Kitty, Twix, takes Furosemide three times a day and has been doing so for almost two years now. We split a 20mg pill into thirds, so that
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          Emily,
          Our little Kitty, Twix, takes Furosemide three times a day and has been doing so for almost two years now. We split a 20mg pill into thirds, so that would be smaller than the combined dosage you giver Tiger. We have had to give her a bumped up dosage of 10mg every once in a while, and when she was in ICU she had much more than that. I don't know if that's helped, but the short answer is yes, it's ok to give three times a day. I'd call the vet (or local hospital if your vet isn't open) to see if you should reduce the dose, though. 
          Please let us know how Tiger does!
          Joanne, Twix, Tigger, and Tagg

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          On Jan 1, 2014, at 9:56 AM, Emily Valentin <emilyvhouston@...> wrote:

           

          My Tiger is having difficulty breathing. He is very congested and tired. He takes 12.5 mg of Furosemide (full tablet) twice a day. His cardiologist and vet are not coming back until tomorrow. I  was wondering if I could give Tiger a 3rd dosage of the Furosemide to help him get rid of the liquid. Also, he is drinking a lot today. I'm afraid that drinking too much water will cause him to retain more water. Should I limit his water intake? Anyone giving their kitty furosemide 3 times a day? 

          Any advice is appreciated and before I forget Happy New Year!

          Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
          Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
          Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

          "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  

        • bspringsted425
          My Wendy takes furosemide 3 times a day. She started with two times but we have had to increase her dose and the amount of times that she takes it. We ve
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            My Wendy takes furosemide 3 times a day. She started with two times but we have had to increase her dose and the amount of times that she takes it. We've increased it twice now and she gets .9ml 3 times a day (she gets the liquid version). On good days we reduce her afternoon dose to .75ml, but she still gets dosed three times a day. Its my understanding that in the short term, furosemide isn't harmful. It can lead to problems such as dehydration and kidney problems, but I'm inclined to say that if an extra dose needs to be given before you can talk to your vet, that's fine. I would still call your vet ASAP though to make sure everything is ok, but for right now, I think that third dose is a good idea.

            Also, as far as drinking water, I'm pretty sure that you're not supposed to restrict their drinking. The furosemide drains ALL the fluid in their body, not just the fluid around the heart. (In my cat's case, Wendy always pees exactly 30 minutes after getting a dose) So you don't want to do anything that will potentially lead to dehydration. I remember reading somewhere that the water they drink won't affect the fluid around the heart, but I'm not 100% positive about that. Maybe someone else has a better answer. But I do know that I have read on multiple forums that restricting water isn't a good idea. Whether or not that's an actual medical direction or just the opinions of random people, is what I'm not completely sure of.

            Good luck with Tiger :-)

            --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Emily Valentin <emilyvhouston@...> wrote:
            >
            > My Tiger is having difficulty breathing. He is very congested and tired. He takes 12.5 mg of Furosemide (full tablet) twice a day. His cardiologist and vet are not coming back until tomorrow. I was wondering if I could give Tiger a 3rd dosage of the Furosemide to help him get rid of the liquid. Also, he is drinking a lot today. I'm afraid that drinking too much water will cause him to retain more water. Should I limit his water intake? Anyone giving their kitty furosemide 3 times a day?
            >
            > Any advice is appreciated and before I forget Happy New Year!
            >
            > Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
            > Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
            > Nationally Certified School Psychologist
            >
            > "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom
            >
          • Joanne Haeussinger
            I forgot to add about the water. Our cardiologist said to make sure that Twix has access to plenty of water because of the dehydration. We also have her blood
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              I forgot to add about the water. Our cardiologist said to make sure that Twix has access to plenty of water because of the dehydration. We also have her blood values done every 3-6 months to check for kidney function and so far they have been good (knock on wood). So, yes, be sure to have water for your little Tiger :)

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              On Jan 1, 2014, at 1:30 PM, "bspringsted425" <bspringsted425@...> wrote:

               

              My Wendy takes furosemide 3 times a day. She started with two times but we have had to increase her dose and the amount of times that she takes it. We've increased it twice now and she gets .9ml 3 times a day (she gets the liquid version). On good days we reduce her afternoon dose to .75ml, but she still gets dosed three times a day. Its my understanding that in the short term, furosemide isn't harmful. It can lead to problems such as dehydration and kidney problems, but I'm inclined to say that if an extra dose needs to be given before you can talk to your vet, that's fine. I would still call your vet ASAP though to make sure everything is ok, but for right now, I think that third dose is a good idea.

              Also, as far as drinking water, I'm pretty sure that you're not supposed to restrict their drinking. The furosemide drains ALL the fluid in their body, not just the fluid around the heart. (In my cat's case, Wendy always pees exactly 30 minutes after getting a dose) So you don't want to do anything that will potentially lead to dehydration. I remember reading somewhere that the water they drink won't affect the fluid around the heart, but I'm not 100% positive about that. Maybe someone else has a better answer. But I do know that I have read on multiple forums that restricting water isn't a good idea. Whether or not that's an actual medical direction or just the opinions of random people, is what I'm not completely sure of.

              Good luck with Tiger :-)

              --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Emily Valentin <emilyvhouston@...> wrote:
              >
              > My Tiger is having difficulty breathing. He is very congested and tired. He takes 12.5 mg of Furosemide (full tablet) twice a day. His cardiologist and vet are not coming back until tomorrow. I was wondering if I could give Tiger a 3rd dosage of the Furosemide to help him get rid of the liquid. Also, he is drinking a lot today. I'm afraid that drinking too much water will cause him to retain more water. Should I limit his water intake? Anyone giving their kitty furosemide 3 times a day?
              >
              > Any advice is appreciated and before I forget Happy New Year!
              >
              > Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
              > Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
              > Nationally Certified School Psychologist
              >
              > "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom
              >

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