(Enacard® and Vasotec® are other names for this medication.)
Use: Enalapril is used to help the heart perform more efficiently by opening up the veins and decreasing fluid retention in the body. It is also used to protect the kidneys from certain diseases that affect the kidneys.
Side Effects: Your pet may experience stomach upset while taking this medication. Enalapril may initially cause some tiredness in your pet. Some cats have experienced damage to the kidneys after taking Enalapril. A dry persistent cough is a common side effect in humans but has not been reported commonly for animals. If you notice an unusual cough in your animal after starting Enalapril, you should report it to your veterinarian.
Precautions: If your pet is dehydrated, the drug may become toxic. Please ensure that your pet has lots of clean water to drink while on Enalapril.
Directions: Dogs and Cats: Dogs usually receive this drug orally twice daily. Cats usually receive this drug orally once daily.
Ferrets: Enalapril is given orally every other day to ferrets and is usually supplied in a specially compounded oral liquid to achieve the right dose.
Remember: Enalapril should be stored in a tight, light resistant, childproof container away from all children and other pets.
If you miss a dose of this medication you should give it as soon as you remember it, but if it is within a few hours of the regularly scheduled dose, wait and give it at the regular time. Do not double a dose as this can be toxic to your pet.