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Benzonatate 100 mg can my dog take this med

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I have a Large Beagle Under Vet Care for Coughing related to Heartworms. Has used last of torbutrol 10 mg.    Can't afford to do heartworm treatment for another month.   Dog has gained much weight because of steroids and increased appetite. He has been off all drugs except for the occasional torbutrol 10 mg for about two weeks.   I am limiting food intake to a healthy portion so he can lose some of the weight.    The excess weight will cause the cost of treatment to double. I am hoping he can lose some pounds so he is under 50 #s and the vials only cost 100.00 not 200.00    I have a personal medication called Benzonatate 100 mg. It was given to me for cough. It is non narcotic.   I don't want to hurt my dog but he needs help with the cough.   Can I give it to him and if so in what dosage?



I'm sorry that your pup is feeling poorly, however I would not use the Benzonatate.


These are two completely different drugs, and benzonatate isn't used in veterinary medicine.


I understand the cost of treating your dog is expensive, and in today's economy everyone is feeling the pinch, however there are a couple options you can try:


1. Ask your vet to call in a prescription for the meds to someplace like These are cheaper than getting them from your regular vet. The only downside is that you may have to wait a bit as shipping is sometimes less than speedy.


2. There are organizations which can help defray the cost of treating your dog, my suggestion would be to contact them to see if anyone can help.


American Animal Hospital Association
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
"Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion."

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Prog ram is a nonprofit 501
(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and
kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save
their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

God's Creatures Ministry
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor."

"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."

United Animal Nations
"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."


Good luck and I hope this helps!!


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the information. I will contact a few of them. I will not give my dog the meds, thank you for your help.