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What does enalapril do for my dog? Enalapril is a drug that is used in dogs and cats with heart and or kidney problems. Enalapril causes small blood vessels to relax (vasodilation). This makes it easier for blood to circulate, which then decreases blood pressure and decreases the work load on the heart.
Does enalapril have side effects in dogs? Pet owners using enalapril for their dog should be aware that side effects, though relatively rare, can occur. 2 These may include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weakness, or rashes.
How long does enalapril take to work in dogs? This medication should take effect within 1 to 2 hours; however, effects may not be visibly noticeable and therefore laboratory tests may need to be done to evaluate this medication’s effectiveness.
How often should a dog take enalapril? The recommended dosage of enalapril and benazepril for treatment of CHF in dogs is 0.25–0.5 mg/kg, PO, once to twice daily. However, based on the half-life, if continuous ACE inhibition is desired and well tolerated, then a 12-hr dosing interval is recommended.