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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 build-up 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.


More Information:
Brand Name
Enacard (Merial), Vasotec (Merck)
Generic Name
Enalapril

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.

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.

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 happens if I miss a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you feel an overdose was given. Symptoms of Enalapril overdose may include dizziness and fainting.

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.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Enalapril for health professionals that you may read.

 

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: All weights Usual dosage is 0.25mg per pound of pet’s body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian
Cats: All weights Usual dosage is 0.1-0.25mg per pound of pet’s body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian
Horses:
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Enalapril:
Active Ingredient Amount
Enalapril Maleate 2.5 mg

Enalapril:
Active Ingredient Amount
Enalapril Maleate 5 mg

Enalapril:
Active Ingredient Amount
Enalapril Maleate 10 mg

Enalapril:
Active Ingredient Amount
Enalapril Maleate 20 mg

Enalapril 4.7 5 68 69
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. 10/17/2014
I am very happy with what Enalapril and it really does help with nikki's coughing. 10/11/2014
I can tell when my dog needs his enalapril as he will start coughing a lot. It has been a big help in calming his coughing and letting him rest. 09/13/2014
my dog emegos yes, years ago he coughed all the time and was weak and did not breath well, his lungs rattled. now he hardly ever weezes , rattles or coughs, sometimes he has bad days yes, so I give a few drops of his cough med and he sleeps resfully, years ago they started him on enalapril and now he plays and it gave him back his life, hes a happy camper,thanks to enalapril and pet meds. 07/26/2014
Just want to thank Pet Meds for the wonderful service and the CARING folks that I've talked to there. I only wish my personal medical people had the same good attitude! 07/04/2014
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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.
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that is definetly a question for your vet to discuss with you.
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Just had to start my dog on this med. and she has increased breathing and seems out of it, is this a side effect of enalapril?
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I HAVE BEEN GIVING MY CHIHUAHUA
THIS MED FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS AND
HE HAS BEEN DOING WELL.MY DOG WAS PRESCRIBE 3 MEDS HE HAS A HEART CONDITION ASIDE FROM THAT MED HE IS ALSO TAKING FUROSEMIDE AND VETMEDIN. YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR DOG RELAX AND CALM. BUT IF IT STILL CONTINUES YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR DOG BACK TO THE VET. GOOD LUCK
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Please consult with your veterinarian right away to report these symptoms.
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Boo, my 10 year old, 10 lb. Papillon has taken Enalapril for one year already, and he has not displayed any anxiety problems whatsoever. Discuss the anxiety problem with your vet. It probably has no relation to the medication. Good luck! Eileen
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This would not be a common side effect. We do recommend that you discuss this change in behavior with your veterinarian to determine the cause and if it could be related to starting the enalapril.
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Boo, my 10 year old, 11 lb. Papillon, has been on Enalapril for a year with no side effects. He had lost 2 lbs. prior to going on the RX. Now he wants to eat too much. He sleeps a lot because of his age, even prior to beginning the Rx. Discuss your pet's condition with your vet. Good luck!
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This can sometime happen if the blood pressure is dropping too much. Sometimes lowering the dose can solve this problem. Another option is to switch to Amlodipine. I recommend you consult with your Vet.
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My Rott developed pulmonary edema and cardiomyopathy according to my vet, which started with a cough for about 2 weeks. The vet put him on Lasix 90mg bid and Enalapril 15mg bid. After starting this regimen he developed swollen lips throat, wheezing and he looked like a platypus. I cant affort to keep taking him back to the vet as the meds alone cost me $160.00. Im wondering if I should stop the enalapril right away to see if it is an allergy, I cant take him back until Friday. Please help. Thank you.
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Check with your vet first. Just stopping a medication can also be harmful. Buy your meds from PetMeds. You will not believe the money that you will save. Trust me, I have a dog that takes seven different meds a day and it was costing me a fortune at the vet. Their service is also fantastic!
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I would suggest, based on these symptoms, that you stop all medications and contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room immediately. From what you describe this may be a life threatening emergency.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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