My cav Da Vinci is at the later stage of MVD. He's been taking Furosemide (Lasix) 40mg 4x daily, Enalapril 2.5mg 2x and Vetmedin 2.5mg 2x. On top of that, he's been going through abdominocentesis (abdomen-fluid drain) procedures every three weeks to help him eat better and make him feel more comfortable. He has gone through centesis four times already since January this year.
He had a lack of appetite scare (simply refusing to eat) in January, but centesis has helped a lot to restore his appetite. Lately, I've also learned that Omeprazole (Prilosec) (14 tablets, 20.6mg daily, 14-day treatment) helped restore his appetite even more, which tells me Da Vinci has been suffering from gastric ulcers as well. I am assuming that his medications had contributed to ulcers.
I don't know what the maximum threshold for Furosemide would be for him without harming himself. His cardiologist thinks it is OK to take 40mg 4x (160mg) of Furosemide daily considering Da Vinci weighs about 26 lbs. Even with that amount, his abdomen become visibly bloated and his hind legs are spread wide to support the ever-growing abdomen with fluid. By the way, he is not overweight.
Have you tried different kinds of diuretics with more success in a similar situation?
We tried Sporonolactone for a couple of weeks in December last year, but we had that loss of appetite scare in January. So, we stopped it. We never know for certain that Sporonolactone was the sole cause of the scare. Da Vinci's cardiologist mentioned to me about Hydrocholorithiazide, but my dad had a bad experience with it some years ago. So, I am very hesitant about trying it.
So, what water pills are working best for your cav or worked best for your cav before? Has anyone tried 160mg or more of Furosemide daily to clear fluid without causing too much problems?
Thank you so much.