I have a 13 year old pomeranian. Has a history of fluid in the lungs. Is on lasix for it. Today I found my dog in the kitchen and making some weird sounds. I was about to go to the nearest vet when it stopped mostly. Took her to the regular vet and did x-ray. The x-ray showed fluid buildup and her heart larger than last time. Got an injection of lasix, told to incrase enacard. Got home, acting fine! Then was drinking some water, and passed out, stopped breathing. I had to blow in mouth and then started to breathe again. Is acting fine now. I can still hear the weird noise some (but I was able to earlier). I realized that when my dog did this earlier, it was after using the water dish. So the water is causing it. Okay, so I know that this is fluid buildup, but why it is causing my dog to pass out? Does drink a lot when at the water dish. Thank you.
Your dog has congestive heart failure, that is why there is fluid build up in her lungs, and the lasix is a diuretic that will help to get rid of the excess fluid. When your dog passed out was she breathing hard, and did you notice if her gums were blue? Her fainting was very likely caused by a disturbance in her heart rhythm, which accompanies congestive heart failure. Unfortunately by the time the signs and symptoms are easily detectable in a dog, the prognosis is not good. A vet would be able to verify this for you with blood tests and an EKG. I'm sorry for your trouble, and wish you good luck with your dog.
The drinking of the water also disturbs the breathing pattern. Go sit in a chair and breath normally. Now while still sitting there pick up a glass water and drink it. Did your own breathing change. The dogs heart is working over time to pump oxygenated blood though the system. While drinking water is puts an additional strain on the system and she is getting less oxygen in her system, thus the passing out. Passing out is the bodies way of getting things back into rhythem.
I am sorry you are going through this with your dog. I had to go through it a few years back with my Aussie girl.
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I just wanted to make a comment about giving furosemide, with a dog suffering congestive heart failure. You would definitely not resrict the animal's water intake, as a side effect of furosemide is excessive thirst, and excessive urination. I also forgot to add that when my Mom's 15 year old Boston had congestive heart failire, she passes out, or fainted upon almost any exertion, sometimes, from hopping off the couch.