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What is Enalapril?

Enalapril is used to treat mild, moderate, or severe heart failure and high blood pressure, and is usually used in combination with other medications. Enalapril requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold by the tablet.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:
  • Helps the heart beat more efficiently
  • Prevents fluid buildup in the lungs
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves ability to tolerate exercise
How it Works:

Enalapril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by blocking an enzyme in the body that is needed to produce a substance that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, the blood vessels relax. This lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

Cautions:

Do not give your pet potassium supplements unless directed to by your veterinarian. Enalapril may cause birth defects. Do not give to pregnant animals.

Brand Name:

Enacard (Merial), Vasotec (Merck)

Generic Name:

Enalapril

What is Enalapril:

Enalapril belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Enalapril is used in dogs to treat congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. Enalapril may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Enalapril to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to enalapril or any other ACE inhibitor such as lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), captopril (Capoten), or benazopril (Lotensin) or any other medications. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease; heart disease or congestive heart failure; diabetes; lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, lactating, or if you intend to breed your pet. Enalapril may cause birth defects or harm a nursing pup.

What is the most important information I should know about Enalapril:

Enalapril is FDA approved for use in dogs only; however, it is a commonly accepted practice to use Enalapril in cats as well. Enalapril is available by prescription as 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg tablets. The usual dose in dogs is 0.25mg per pound once a day. The usual dose in cats is 0.1 to 0.25mg per pound once a day. The dose of Enalapril may require adjustment based on the animal's response to treatment. Enalapril is usually administered with furosemide and digoxin. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or if you plan on breeding your pet. Enalapril could cause birth defects. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. If the pet becomes dehydrated, this can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure.

How should this medication be given:

Give Enalapril exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give this medication in larger amounts, or take for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Enalapril may be given with or without food. Periodic liver and kidney function testing may be required by your veterinarian. Store Enalapril at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What should I avoid while giving Enalapril:

Do not give potassium supplements to your pet unless directed to by your veterinarian.

What are the possible side effects of Enalapril:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop using this Enalapril and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; or hives). Call your veterinarian if your pet develops any of these serious side effects; fainting; urinating more or less than usual, or not at all; fever, chills; easy bruising, or bleeding; swelling, rapid weight gain. Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Enalapril, but speak to your veterinarian if your pet experiences; cough; loss of appetite; dizziness, drowsiness; sleep problems; dry mouth; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; mild itching or skin rash. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Enalapril:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given; a potassium supplement; aspirin or other NSAIDs such as etodolac (EtoGesic), carprofen (Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), and others; a diuretic. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medications, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Enalapril is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is FDA approved for use in dogs only, however it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe enalapril for cats as well.
  • Enalapril is used to treat mild, moderate, or severe heart failure and high blood pressure and is usually used in combination with other medications.
  • Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or if you plan on breeding your pet. Enalapril could cause birth defects.
Tip:

Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Enalapril may be given with or without food. Periodic liver and kidney function testing may be required by your veterinarian.

Dosage:
Dogs:
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Usual dosage is 0.25mg per pound of pet's body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian
Cats:
Weight
Dosage
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Usual dosage is 0.1-0.25mg per pound of pet's body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

Ingredients
Enalapril 2.5 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
2.5 mg
Enalapril 5 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
5 mg
Enalapril 10 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
10 mg
Enalapril 20 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
20 mg
Customer Reviews
Enalapril is rated 4.76 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works My Maltese diagnosed about 31/2 years now with a bad ventricle in the heart. If it wasn't for pet meds and there affordable prices I am not sure if my baby would be here today. However she is 15 now and thanks to pedmeds she is!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! My poor Mr T has had his share. I adopted him when he was about 1 1/2 yrs old; he had been severely abused, (and I mean severely), and he is the product of a puppy mill. He's a bit deformed, his legs are very short....wide and thick in front, spindly in back.... but he's perfect in my eyes. He's 13 now and dx with CHF, Grade 4 heart murmur. My Vet is wonderful. As long as your dog is up to date on shots etc., they have no problem with me ordering his meds from you which is saving me a lot of money. He may have a Med change soon, his coughing is picking up again so he goes back to the Vet next week.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pricing I have a 12 year old peek a poo and I order all his meds from hear. Shipping is convenient and enapril works great for him.
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything great. Sam is doing great in his later years because of Enalapril. We love the great service and helpful followup with us and especially keeping track and current with our vet. Keep up the quality service.
Date published: 2016-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results Zoie has cushings disease, copd, and was in the beginning of kidney failure. I can't afford the cushings meds but I thought I'd give the kidney and heart meds a try. They worked. Her murmur is much better. Her kidney and liver Are functioning well.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has been wonderful for Frankie. Frankie is a 13 year old Jack Russel female / fixed. She has the congestive heart disease with high blood pressure and fluid. With the Enalapril Frankie is more energetic than she was.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeping my 15 yr old on a steady course. 4 yrs ago my Jack was diagnosed with a heart murmur. The vet recommended Enalapril to steady her murmuring heart. She is 15+ today and going strong.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am very happy with what Enalapril and it really does help with nikki's coughing.
Date published: 2014-10-11
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Q&A

I've been giving enalapril and furosemide for 2-3 weeks and she lately been very disoriented. She's having trouble seeing, hearing and just spaced out. I stopped giving it to her as I read the side effects sounded terrible. Any side effects for stopping t

Asked by: Tia101
Consult your veterinarian if your pet is experiencing side effects from the medication.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-11-23

My ShihTzu's, 12 is taking carpaquin and gabapenton for arthritis. He was also prescribed 2.5mg of enalapril. Is it safe to take a non-steroidal anti inflammatory with the enalapril? He is expelling protein in his urine.

Asked by: Leslie126
Taking an NSAID with Enalapril may reduce the anti-hypertensive effects or positive hemodynamic effects of Enalapril. It also may cause reduced renal function. However, clinical significance has not been established in a dog receiving both Enalapril and an NSAID. Contact your veterinarian if your dog is expelling protein in his urine, as this may be a sign of poor or reduced renal function.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-21

My Maltese was put on Enalapril to help her with her heart valve condition, causing her heart murmur.  After 3 weeks, she's developed what sounds like a cough or a hacking noise.  Could this be from the Enalapril.  I know in humans, it can cause a cough.

Asked by: Laboydd
Yes, Enalapril can cause a dry hacking cough as a side effect. If this is severe or bothersome to your pet, let your veterinarian know.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-14

Can you crush this pill in the cats food. Won't take it any other way.

Asked by: Buttercup
Yes, you can crush enalapril. Greenies Pill Pockets are another great way to get your pet to take a pill.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-09-29

ingredients

why isn't the ingredients posted on the web sites or on the pkging? some dogs are allergic to wheat and glutin like humans. I need to know if there is glutin in enalapril.
Asked by: ruthann
Most drug companies will only list the active ingredients with prescription medications. The only other ingredients are binding agents and dissolving agents and the company who makes the drug would be the only souce of that information. The number to Wockhardt(the company that makes this medication), is 973-257-4960. They would be able to answer your question about the other ingredients. Thanks for your question.
Answered by: Marty Pharm D Rph
Date published: 2015-07-02

what does enalapril maleate look like

Asked by: tam
The color, size and markings on the Enalapril tablets vary depending on the strength.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2015-04-03

is there any possible way enalapril could cause temporary blindness in my maltese?

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Asked by: di
I am no expert but it does read to watch your dog for side affects and one of them may be blurry vision. I see you asked this 5 months ago and I truely hope your baby is doing well
Answered by: ESKIMODAD
Date published: 2014-03-06

How long can a dog stay on Enalapril before it effects the kidneys?

My Yorkie just turned 15 and has been on Enalapril for about a year. Her BUN is so so but otherwise her kidney levels are fine. I just wonder how much longer can she stay on it before her kidneys are affected.
Asked by: Jen
that is definetly a question for your vet to discuss with you.
Answered by: Linda petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2013-11-27
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