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My 10 yr old Chihuahua was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure about 5 months ago. Since then we have been on a roller coaster with her meds and her health. She was diagnosed after having "asthma like" coughing attacks which progressively had gotten worse. She was put on a Lasix and Vetemedin. After waiting over a month to get in to see a cardiologist, we finally got more tests and he doubled her doses of both meds and added enalipril to the mix.

Unfortunately my dog had a very rare reaction to the enalipril as it put her into a coma like state because it lowered her blood pressure TOO much. So we cut down on the dose and she seemed to be doing okay with that.

However, she is now at an extremely high dose of Lasix. She's 8 pounds and is getting 40mg of Lasix since the vet had me gradually increase it as she become more immune to it. The Lasix has made her incontenient since the beginning. She is constantly urinating herself, her bed, my bed, my furniture, etc. Her blood work has shown that her kidneys are fine so far though and her coughing had dramatically decreased and she was breathing great on the high dose.

This past week though her coughing has returned with a vengeance. She is really struggling to breath without having a coughing fit. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about other diuretics besides Lasix? She is no longer responding to the Lasix so the cardiologist mentioned trying a different med.

If anyone has any advice about a dog with CHF in general I would greatly appreciate it. I feel so alone, confused, and terrified. This has been a very scary journey . I hate seeing my dog struggle on her bad days. I hate being helpless because she can't tell me what exactly she is feeling or thinking. I know that she is scared, I can see that in her eyes. Especially when she has trouble breathing. I want to do whatever possible to get her back to breathing better and being comfortable while dealing with this.
 

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Thank you both for your responses. I really appreciate it. My cardiologist has me decreasing the lasix to 20 mg a day and adding 12.5 mg of spironolactone. I will be starting it tonight and keeping my fingers crossed that we see some improvements.
 
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