Also, my dog goes to the cardiologist and it runs between $200-$325 for exam and echocardiogram. Maybe call a few and inquire???
I also got the cardiologist referral from the vet in the event that it doesn't take care of the symptoms.
- You can quote me
Enacard (enalapril) is a harsher predecessor of Lotensin (benazepril). Many (most?) vets are quite familiar with enalapril; it's used fairly commonly in dogs (at least, perhaps cats too).
Lotensin (benazepril) does NOT have the side effect potential of enalapril. That is why we often recommend a trial in the presence of clinical sign.
When they say that "heart medications can have pretty serious side effects", ask them *what heart med they are referring to*. If they say enalapril, tell them you aren't asking for enalapril. You are asking for benazepril. If they say furosemide (Lasix), tell them you are not asking for a diuretic. You are asking for a specific ACE inhibitor.
Neither of our two heart pigs showed enlargement on x-ray. The proof was in the dramatic improvement they made on meds. One of them, Toby, was on Vetmedin (pimobendan) as well. (The vet that **finally** gave me the meds to try had had very good success with pimobendan in dogs and was willing to try it on a guinea pig.)