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Do you have to take a dogs blood pressure before prescribing

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Do you have to take a dogs blood pressure before prescribing enalapril ?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 6 months ago.
Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** Thank you for your question. Do you have to take a dog's blood pressure before prescribing enalapril? That is a great one. In theory, it would be nice to have a systolic blood pressure reading to know where it is prior to starting the medication. That way once on the medication it can be seen how it has affected that. In reality though, many, many, many patients are started on it due to underlying heart disease or renal disease and there pressures aren't monitored.