Salix, also known as Furosemide is a diuretic, which means it expels retained fluids. It is commonly used for dogs and cats suffering from congestive heart failure, liver disease, certain kidney disease and can also be part of a treatment in animals with high blood pressure.
An effective and affordable generic to Salix is Furosemide.
It is important to take a few precautions before administering Salix to the pet. Avoid Salix if the pet is allergic to it or other sulfonamides. As the drug is a potent diuretic-saluretic, large amounts of the drug would cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Therefore, never prescribe the drug to animals with electrolyte imbalance. Use with extreme caution in animals suffering from diabetes and kidney disease. Salix can interact with ototoxic antibiotics such as gentamicin or streptomycin; NSAIDS such as aspirin or Rimadyl; phenothiazines such as acepromazine; and Insulin, digoxin, and beta blockers such as propranolol. Therefore, do not administer the Salix in combination with these drugs. Check the potassium levels in pets before administering the medicine. Salix could reduce serum calcium levels and might be responsible for tetany in animals that have hypocalcemic tendency.
The recommended dose of Salix in dogs and cats is 1-2mg/pound once or twice a day (at 6-8 hour intervals). Cats are generally given a lower dose of the medicine. Higher doses are often administered based on the severity of the symptoms.