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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.
First, I am so incredibly sorry Ben is diagnosed with this horrible disease so young
The purpose of the furosemide or the "water pill" is to reduce the fluid in his lungs. It is a temporary solution to give him more of a quality of life and ability to breath more readily but it is not going to stop the progression of this disease process
Often the side effects are difficult as well, increased water intake/ urination, often accidents of urination because they can no longer hold urine well
To answer the question as to whether he will pass this way, unfortunately it is a possibility but with his losing consciousness frequently that in and of itself might be enough strain on his heart to have him pass. Why a dog faints in this situation is that the brain is not getting enough oxygen and so it essentially shuts down the rest of the body in order to assure that the brain gets the oxygen necessary to survive
Sometimes this process doesn't reset as readily and they pass as a result
The medication will help get him more comfortable, may possibly reduce his passing out and dry out the lungs but the disease process will continue. It might give you a few weeks to months additional quality of life but there is no way to know the results. Often we will adjust the dosage from the low end up to find a good margin of safety and if they progress we will adjust the medications further
I hope this information is helpful, I cannot imagine how difficult this must be with him only being 6 years 7 months so anything I can do please don't hesitate to ask
When the dog can no longer lay down is this commonly the end?
It indicates that he is very uncomfortable and his heart rate/ rhythm are erratic. As you can imagine it is exhausting to bear this burden and often when at this point owners will consider euthanasia
This is a pain assessment form that helps you with this information CLICK HERE
I cant bear to put my boy to sleep will he suffer really badly if i dont help him
And this is a quality of life form as well CLICK HERE
This is a terribly difficult question
If he is unable to get comfortable and is showing signs of losing consciousness then I do suspect he is suffering and it would be more kind to help him along then suffer as he is now
It can be very peaceful to let him go. Some have images of what this is going to be like
Does this make sense? It is never an easy decision and definitely not one I can make for you
I understand thank you, ***** ***** for your help
You are very welcome
You both are definitely in my thoughts today
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thank you, ***** ***** been very helpful