Q. Chihuahua w/Heart Murmur on Lasix, Enalapril & Vetmedin on lowfat-protein diet-too much weight loss & hydration loss too fast ! I need a quick fix !

A. There is no "quick fix" for weight loss, the cause must be diagnosed and treated. Rehydrating a dog with cardiac disease is a delicate balance and should only be done under strict veterinary supervision. Recheck with your veterinarian. If the medications are affecting your dog's appetite, they may need adjusting. Consider a physical exam and blood work to diagnose any underlying cause. A low protein diet is usually contraindicated in a cardiac patient, especially those with age related heart valve disease. You may be able to feed a "regular" diet, but will need to monitor the sodium content and your dog's kidney function. Discuss a heart healthy diet with your vet that will satisfy caloric and protein needs while limiting sodium intake and protecting kidney function.

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