Lisinopril (generic) Tablets for Cats and Dogs
Lisinopril, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor), is often used to dilate the blood vessels in order to treat high blood pressure or heart failure. It can also help if your pet has chronic renal failure. Lisinopril has been shown to increase quality of life in dogs when combined with furosemide in the treatment of heart failure. Lisinopril, unlike enalapril or benazepril, may be dosed once a day which may be an easier routine to follow when giving your pet medications. It may also allow some cost savings.
What you should know about Lisinopril:
- Side Effects of Lisinopril: anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension, high potassium in the blood. Contact your pet's veterinarian if your pet has persistent or severe diarrhea or vomiting or if you notice that your pet’s heart failure is getting worse.
- In humans, ACE inhibitors may produce a dry cough that may develop after beginning the medication or even after being on the medication for longer periods of time. It may also occur in dogs and cats.
- Do not abruptly stop giving your pet lisinopril or change the dose unless instructed by your pet's veterinarian.