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Alternative to fluid pills.

Species: Dog
Breed: Chiuahuah mix
Age: 8-11 years
What can be done about getting rid of fluid in my dog other than fluid pills?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Sorry to hear that your dog is having fluid problems.

If your dog has fluid in the chest then the most common reason for this is heart disease. Your vet can determine if this is the cause. If there is fluid in the chest because of heart disease then most dogs do need a diuretic such as furosemide (lasix). Your vet will likely also prescribe a medication to help strengthen the heart.

If there is fluid in the abdomen then the treatment depends on the cause. While fluid pills can help reduce the fluid, there will be more produced until the cause is found. Unfortunately, most causes of fluid in the abdomen (or chest for that matter) are quite serious.



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