Re: [feline-heart] Important Enalapril Info
- Hi Helen,
I don't know alot a bout any of this but I will keep you and Harpsie in my
thoughts and prayers.
Pumpkin and Linda
> Hi, everyone
> this has me worried and I thought I should run it by you guys.
> Harpsie, HCM, has been poorly the last couple of weeks (though it doesn't at
> this stage seem to be related to his HCM) - he was an in-patient for a few
> days recently but seems to be relapsing )-: We booked a vet appointment at
> short notice yesterday and agreed that since it is time for his annual heart
> ultrasound, they will run this next week and also ultrasound his abdominal
> area and kidneys.
> We didn't see our usual vet because I booked the appointment at short
> notice, and Harpsie was his usual monster self at the vet's and the vet was
> concerned about his stress levels; so I explained to the vet that Harpsie
> was normally very happy and easygoing at home, that he seems to be doing
> very well on Enalapril and that until he got whatever he's got at present,
> he would run around and play chase with the other cats even though he is 8
> and has HCM. I said I was very satisfied with Enalapril.
> Then my vet told me it's being discontinued in two weeks time! She said they
> are replacing it with another drug called Vaso something-or-other. I know
> you guys in US (I'm in UK) sometimes call Enalapril Vasotec, so I heaved a
> sigh of relief and said I'd heard of it and that was fine, it was just
> Enalapril by another name. She said no, it wasn't called Vasotec but
> something else beginning with Vaso, that it is still an ACE inhibitor but a
> different one which is better for the kidneys. She said Enalapril is being
> discontinued because of its effects on the kidneys.
> This made me even more confused. I thought Enalapril was sometimes used in
> the US for cats with both HCM and CRF because it is supposed to help balance
> both conditions? But presumably it is bad for the kidneys of cats without
> CRF, like Harpsie?
> Anyway, I'm very uncomfortable about the idea of changing from a drug that
> works. I thought you would like to know so you can check what is happening
> with Enalapril in the US, is this a worldwide thing or just the UK.
> And please pray we find nothing sinister on the ultrasounds )-: Harpsie was
> such a monster at the vet that she refused to be the one who ultrasounds him
> (which is fine by me, because I want his usual vet to do it). His usual vet
> managed to do the ultrasound last year without anaesthesia, I pray to God
> she can do the same this year. He is very easy going at home but he gets so
> scared at the vet - he peed on himself again yesterday. They have to wear
> gauntlets, he is so wild. And he only weighs 10lbs! I hate taking him there
> because all that stress is bad for his heart, but we need to find out what
> is going on.
> Helen, Harpsie, Indie and Thomas
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