I'm not too well versed on the different heart meds (although I should be).. I do know that my persian who had mild hcm did very well on atenelol. He actually perked up.. (and lived to a full 17 yrs). My current kitty (hcm) didn't tolerate atenelo well after a couple of days so we stopped it and now have him on enalapril (an ACE). He seems to be doing well/stable at least w/no side effects (only been 1.5 mo). My dog, Charlotte had high BP and some sort of protein wasting disease (forget the name); did extremely well on enalapril- it was prescribed after the first BP med/ made her so lethargic after the first dose I thought she was dying (was many years ago/I don't remember what it was).... also I was told the enalapril was also less taxing I believe on the kidneys which helped her other protein wasting dx.
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From: "jamander33" <justinamanda@...
> Hi there, I have a mild hcm kitty, Griffin, that does not tolerate
> atenelol. We tried it for about a week nearly a year ago and he was
> a total slug. We backed his dosage way down, I mean way down and he
> was still a total slug. Our cardio suggested we stop it and try
> another beta blocker later. We have not been able to consider trying
> anything else until now, as Griffin sort of tailspinned a few weeks
> later. He was diagnosed with asthma and in addition he started
> having all sorts of food allergies. It was a real trial and error
> for awhile until we could get him on the right food again. He also
> had to undergo a dental cleaning, as his teeth were about a Grade II
> 1/2 gingivitis. So, there were just too many reasons and problems we
> had to get through before we could start heart meds again.
> Especially considering that his heart disease has barely progressed.
> Anyway, getting to the point, has anyone ever had a kitty that could
> not tolerate a beta blocker that did well on an ace inhibitor drug?
> I am juggling some decisions here on what to do. I cannot imagine if
> he could not tolerate atenelol, that he could do well on propanolol
> another beta blocker. I read post after post though where peoples
> heart kitties are strictly on an ace inhib. rather than a beta
> blocker and just am wondering why. Can anyone help me with this.
> Thank you, Amanda and Griffin
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