Enalapril is in the class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. It dilates the veins and decreases fluid retention. It is used in the treatment of heart failure, dilated cardiomyopathy, and high blood pressure. It is also sometimes used in the treatment of some types of chronic renal failure.
Dogs and Cats
Enalapril is used to treat high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Do not give to pregnant animals. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. The following drugs can potentially interact with enalapril: indomethacin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, potassium sparing diuretics such as spironolactone, potassium supplements, digoxin, diuretics, and other vasodilators. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects may include stomach upset, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea. Notify your veterinarian if your pet is extremely tired, appears dizzy or if vomiting or diarrhea persists. Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Enalapril should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian.