Vasotec for Dogs

Vasotec is a type of brand name drug for the generic medicine called enalapril. This medicine is commonly used as an ACE inhibitor. ACE inhibitors are used in both human and veterinary medicine to help treat patients that are suffering from heart damage and acute heart failure. If you suspect that your pet is at risk for suffering from heart damage, speak with your vet about the possibility of using Vasotec to help benefit his health. Read on for a brief overview of this drug and how it can be used to help your pet.

Vasotec Overview

Vasotec, like other ACE inhibitors, works by limiting the production of certain chemicals in your pet's bloodstream. These chemicals are those that cause his blood vessels to constrict, which in turn can lead to high blood pressure and other heart problems as well. They can also help to reduce the levels of certain chemicals which may injure your dog's heart as he is suffering from heart failure as well. For this reason, Vasotec is a good medicine to give to any dog that is either suffering from heart failure, suffering from high blood pressure, or at risk for developing these conditions.

Vasotec is formulated primarily for use in humans, though veterinarians can prescribe this medicine is certain cases as well. There are a number of other medicines that are closely related to Vasotec and which are specially designed for use in pets as well.

Using Vasotec for Your Pet

Vasotec is usually provided in tablet form. The tablets are given in different sizes and concentrations. Because of the importance of observing the proper dosage of the medicine when giving your pet this medicine, as it can have major effects on his heart health, it's crucial that you follow your vet's instructions for giving him the medicine as closely as possible. Vasotec is typically provided once or twice per day. The exact dosage that you'll give to your pet will depend on his size, weight, age, overall health condition and many other factors as well.

Vasotec Side Effects and Risks

Vasotec is not without certain risks and side effects. This medicine should not be used in pets with certain organ damage and health conditions; ask your pet's vet if any condition affecting your dog may preclude him from being treated with Vasotec. You should also tell your vet of any and all other medicines or supplements that your pet is taking, as certain of these may react negatively with your pet's Vasotec.

The most common side effects of Vasotec typically include:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure
  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Kidney damage and, in rare cases, kidney failure
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased urination

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to inform your veterinarian. Because of the powerful nature of Vasotec, all symptoms and side effects should be monitored closely throughout the entire duration of time that your pet is taking this medicine. Your vet may opt to adjust the dosage based on these side effects.