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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog started Lasix and elanapril a week and half ago. 14

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My dog started Lasix and elanapril a week and half ago. 14 yr old ***** ***** she's eating fine, not coughing or wheezing. She is sleeping more she doesn't like to sleep with me as much she gets up and goes to couch but I put her back in bed later and she spends the night. 5 mg dose of elanapril 1 time and 12.5 mg Lasix 2 times. Dosage correct? She just seems a little different on the meds. Is this to be expected?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Dusty appears to be doing nicely on those drugs. Both are generally well-tolerated. Enalapril's adverse effect profile in dogs is principally GI distress (anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea). Potentially, weakness, hypotension (low blood pressure), renal dysfunction and hyperkalemia (elevated serum potassium level) could occur and so it's prudent to check her renal values (BUN, creatinine, e.g.) no later than 2 weeks after enalapril is first instituted. Furosemide may induce fluid and electrolyte abnormalities and so patients should be moniotred for hydration status and electrolyte imbalances. Dogs who have normal food and water intake are much less likely to develop water and electrolyte imbalances than those that don't, however. Dusty's serum electrolytes can be checked at the same time that her renal values are checked. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.