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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:
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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 4.7429 out of 5 by 70.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wrong item sent twice I ordered my refills and was shipped the wrong item twice, with receiving the correct item once between the 2 wrong orders. The pill that is in the bottle does not match the pill in the picture that is being advertised for sale, nor does it match what I receive from my vet. I called the 1st time, and was offered a refund, and was assured that it wouldn't happen again and that it was a mix-up. I understand if you're changing manufactures but change the images and info so that it matches. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case, being that 2 out 3 times it was different product, and the time in the middle was correct. Awaiting response from customer service. BUYER BEWARE! Wrong prescriptions KILL!
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enalapril My little 7 year old Maltese has been suffering from congestive heart failure and we did not know. He is a puppy mill rescue and we got him 8 months ago. He got very very sick so I took him to the vet. We found out about the severity of condition, we almost lost him. He is now on 3 medications 2x a day. Thank God for 1800 Pet Meds!! I can afford this medicine for him. My vet a had started him on meds right away and they were So expensive. I can now have them delivered to my door affordably. Thank You Pet Meds
Date published: 2014-04-28
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Q&A

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.
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: 2015-08-07

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 M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2013-11-27

Will this med. cause my dog to sleep and be disorientated?

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?
Asked by: Anonymous
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
Answered by: matt
Date published: 2014-03-04

My dog was diagnosed with kidney disease and the vet put him on enalapril. He is lethargic and wont eat. Should we stop giving it to him?

Asked by: mustang4789
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!
Answered by: Boo-Papillon
Date published: 2012-09-07

Is it possible that Enalapril can cause increased anxiety in dogs. Mine has been on 5 mg twice a day for several months.

Asked by: Nancy
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
Answered by: Boo-Papillon
Date published: 2014-10-04

Is it ok to crush the enalapril pill so it can be more easily given to the dog?

Asked by: D
We put it in the moist liver treats for dogs and she eats it every time no problems.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2012-06-23
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