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    Thought I would claim for Daisy's medication since she was diagnosed last August as I haven't so far, so I have been rereading all her notes from my vets and also Chestergates and North West Surgeons .

    Upon reading my vets "Client Record" there is " Furosemide 10 mg daily ONGOING to control cerebrospinal fluid pressure and prevent dz progression .Adv check serum K+ every 3 months " but as she was then also diagnosed with a Grade 2 murmur which resulted in my dropping furosemide and putting her on Cimetidene (advised in an earlier thread my reasons for this action )do I get the serum checked or not now ,also can somebody please advise what serum K+ is and what its for ,also what does dz mean ?

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    Hi Brian,
    I don't know what a serum K test for dogs is, maybe have a chat with your vet to see what he thinks? I'd hazard a guess that dz means disease.
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    K is the chemical symbol for potassium - so the blood test would be looking for raised levels of potassium.

    Frusemide is one of the Potassium-sparing diuretics - diuretic drugs that do not promote the secretion of potassium into the urine. It may raise potassium levels beyond the normal range, termed hyperkalemia, which risks potentially fatal arrhythmias.

    Yes DZ in this context would be disease.


    I think Daisy was only on Frusemide for a very short time and it's some months ago now, so I don't think she will need this test but worth checking with your vet just in case.



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    Tks Nicki
    I guessed it might be to check potassium overload ,from my O Level chemistry and I thought as she is now not
    on Furusemide it might not be needed but a quesion I think worth asking .We go back to Simon next Aug but I am
    undecided about going back to her last neurologist as I have been thinking about Lpoool Uni who now have all
    modern facilities so I dont know apart from the fact I want the best for Daisy not an ego trip for Br.

    Tks for the clarification.
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    Sorry Henny was posting at the same time as you!


    Brian you are really lucky being close to Liverpool - my former neurologist from Glasgow is there now Rita Goncalves she is very good. They also have one of the best cardiologists Dr. Joanna Dukes-McEwan - I've known people travel from Norfolk to see her!
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    Hi

    Thanks Nicki your comment has confirmed my decision for Daisy we shall go and see Rita Goncalves for her next appoitment .As this would be Daisy's
    first time with Rita and only her second overall for her SM do you think they would want to so a full MRI again or would they accept the one we had done at Chestergates . With a Cavalier that has SM how often do neurologists require MRI scans and do they judge the required frequency on each individual dogs health .A question also about Rosie please ,she had her MRI at Chestergates Nov 2010 with Martin who as we know is back in Germany ,she was diagnosed with CM
    but looking at her chasing her tennis ball she seems and acts perfect and shows no illness at all so what should I do next with Rosie ?

    http://www.liv.ac.uk/sath/services/neuro/

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    Hi

    Dz is short for disease. Serum K+ means blood potassium. Treatment with furesomide can cause levels of potassium in the blood to drop, which can then cause problems with the heart rhythm, which is why it is checked regularly. You're probably best checking with your vet about whether or not Daisy needs more blood tests.

    Hope that helps.

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    That's ok Nicki.
    Just to add though, Frusemide is not a potassium sparing diuretic. It is a loop acting diuretic. One of the side effects is losing potassium and can cause HYPOkalaemia (low blood potassium) which can cause serious heart arrhythmias. Very safe is monitored regularly though.

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