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Furosemide is a diuretic, it causes the kidneys to excrete more water as well as electrolytes (i.e. sodium, potassium…). As a result , your cat will want to drink more water and will produce more urine.
Furosemide dosage varies with each case according to disease severity, renal function and other factors. Regular adjustments over time are needed and will be advised by your vet/cardiologist upon each visit. It is of the utmost importance to perform timely checks as failure to do so might have a negative impact on your cat's health. Please do not hesitate to contact your vet in case of any doubts.
As with all drugs, a few side-effects might be expected. Dehydration, low sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium blood levels are the most common. Gastrointestinal disturbances may also occur. If your cat stops eating or appears weak after starting furosemide treatment or after increases in dosage please contact your vet.
Before starting furosemide and regularly after the start or dosage changes, some blood tests will be advised by your vet/cardiologist in order to ensure assess appropriate kidney function and electrolyte levels.