Information About Using Benazepril For Dogs
On this page you will find information about the drug benazepril (also marketed as “Lotensin” and “Fortekor”) such as the correct dosage information about safe use and more.
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Benazepril is a drug prescribed for use in a variety of household pets including dogs. The drug is an ACE inhibitor which has the effect of dilating blood vessels making it effective in the treatment of several conditions including, most notably, heart failure.
Benazepril dosage for dogs
The usual recommended dosage of benazepril for dogs is 0.1 mg per pound administered at 24 hour intervals. The vet may recommend up to 0.2 mg per pound to be given every 12 hours in more serious cases.
Is benazepril safe for dogs?
Benazepril is safe for use in dogs if you use it responsibly under the approval and guidance of a vet. Remember not to ever give the drug to your dog without a prescription from the vet as the effects of the drug in animals which do not need it could be very harmful.
- Always gain veterinary approval and a prescription before using benazepril
- Provide plenty of water to keep your dog hydrated throughout treatment
- Notify the vet if your dog has had allergies to ACE inhibitors in the past
- Notify the vet of all medical conditions your dog suffers with particularly lupus, liver disease and blood diseases
- Notify the vet of all other drugs your dog is taking
- Consider avoiding use in pregnant dogs
The vet will likely need to monitor your pet’s blood pressure at regular intervals throughout treatment to ensure all is in order. When used under veterinary guidance and supervision like this, your dog is likely to be safe. However you should still exercise caution and watch out for negative sides. Remember to provide enough water for your pet.
Uses of benazepril for dogs
Benazepril may be used in dogs for effective treatment of several conditions:
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
There are also various other off-label uses which your vet may prescribe the drug to treat.
Side effects of benazepril use
Common side effects which you may see includes weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Less common but more severe side effects include low blood pressure, increased levels of blood potassium and kidney damage. If you suspect something is wrong contact your vet immediately. Symptoms of serious problems include fainting and a lack of (or no) urination. Similarly seek urgent attention if you suspect an allergic reaction, which can manifest itself as breathing problems, rashes, hives and swelling.