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Benazepril is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats for the treatment of heart failure, high blood pressure, and some forms of kidney disease. Benazepril is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.

For: Cats and Dogs


How it works: Benazepril is an ACE inhibitor used to dilate blood vessels in the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and some types of kidney disease in dogs and cats.

Dosage & Administration: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Benazepril can be given with or without food. Do not abruptly stop giving benazepril. Store benazepril at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.


Tips: Benazepril can be given with or without food.

Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Puppies: All weights 0.1-0.2 mg/lb 1-2 times a day
Cats/Kittens: All weights 0.1-0.45 mg/lb once a day
Horses: X X
Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature, away from excess moisture or heat.

What happens if I miss a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of benazepril overdose include weakness or collapse.

What should I avoid while using Benazepril: Benazepril should not be used in animals allergic to it or other ACE inhibitors. Use benazepril with caution in animals with liver disease. Do not use in pregnant females. Benazepril may be used in nursing animals. Use with caution in animals with very low blood sodium levels.

Possible side effects of Benazepril: For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving benazepril and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Side effects are rare but may include loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Benazepril could cause low blood pressure or kidney dysfunction indicated by increased thirst and/or changes in urination. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Benazepril: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given azathioprine, COX 2 inhibitors (Deramaxx or Previcox), cyclosporine (Atopica), diuretics (furosemide, Salix), beta blockers (atenolol), and other blood pressure medications, insulin, NSAIDS (Rimadyl or Novox), Potassium salts, aspirin (Vetrin), and sulfonamides (SMZ/TMP). Drugs other than those listed may also interact with benazepril. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Benazepril: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, lupus, or blood abnormalities. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing.

Cautions: Do not stop giving this medication without your veterinarian's approval. A missed dose can result in a sudden rise in blood pressure.