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Furosemide is a diuretic (water pill) used in dogs and cats to remove excess body fluids, in conditions such as heart or lung disease. It may also be used to treat high blood pressure or help with regulation of electrolyte levels. While on this medication, ensure your pet has good access to drinking water as your pet will be thirsty and will need to urinate more frequently. Furosemide is available as tablets and as an oral liquid.
Your pet will likely need to urinate within 30 minutes of taking furosemide. The drug peaks 1-2 hours after administration. Your pet will have to urinate more frequently than normal and accidents are possible. Give this medication with or without food.Give medication as directed by your veterinarian. This medication is usually given one to three times daily.Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. Missed doses reduce the effectiveness of therapy.Ideally, give the medication at the same time daily.
As with any diuretic, the main side effects are increased thirst and urination.Electrolyte (salts) imbalances may occur. Your veterinarian may wish periodic blood testing to assess furosemide's effect on your pet.High blood sugar levels (may not be a good choice for diabetic patients).Weakness or lethargy could indicate potassium levels have dropped too low. Contact your veterinarian if your pet shows these effects.Damage to nerves responsible for hearing (especially in cats). If you notice your pet exhibiting a loss of balance or a head tilt, notify your veterinarian immediately.Humans with sulfonamide sensitivities have experienced allergic reactions to furosemide. This has not been reported in pets, but if your pet has a sulfonamide allergy, bring it to your veterinarian's attention. Restlessness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, itching, rash.Excessive thirst, fatigue, lack of urination, racing heartbeat.If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.Pet owners allergic to sulfonamides and/or other antibiotics should avoid handling this drug.
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