Benazepril is in a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors, it dilates the veins and helps to decrease fluid retention. This medication may be used to treat high blood pressure, as a vasodilator in the treatment of heart failure and as adjunct treatment of chronic kidney failure. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder. If this continues, the heart and arteries may get damaged and not function correctly. If the heart does not work properly, it could also damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys.
Side effects may include stomach upset, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea. Notify your veterinarian if vomiting or diarrhea persists or is severe. Notify your veterinarian if your pet is extremely tired or appears dizzy (uncoordinated).
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Dogs and Cats
Benazepril is used to treat heart failure, high blood pressure, and some forms of kidney disease.
Benazepril should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian. Do not stop giving this medication without your veterinarian's approval.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals.
Do not use in animals sensitive to ACE inhibitors.
Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. The following drugs can potentially interact with benazepril HCl: spironolactone, digoxin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (e.g. carprofen, metacam), diuretics (e.g. furosemide), potassium supplements and other vasodilators. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.