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Overdose dose of enalapril. Accidently. What can we do? 2.5

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Overdose dose of enalapril. Accidently. What can we do? 2.5 mg once a day. She got 2.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry that you have been waiting for a response, but your requested expert isn't online which delayed your question coming up on the list for all to answer. I would like to help if you are still interested in an opinion.

Enalapril is an angiotensin converting converting enzyme inhibitor used in dogs with heart and kidney disease, especially those with hypertension. It decreases the workload on the heart.

Luckily it is a drug with a range of proper dosing, and can be given twice daily if needed. So while your pup may have received a higher than usual dose it may still have been within dosing guidelines.

The usual dose of Enalapril is 1/4 mg per pound of body weight once or twice daily. She received 5mgs, which would be appropriate for a 20 pound dog once a day, or enough for a 10 pound dog split into two doses. While I understand that she likely received the doses close together, she should not have an long term effects. You may see some lethargy or weakness but I would not expect any long term problems with a one time accidental double dose.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.