So I am asking for wisdom and knowledge of COTH to let me know what I can do here.
Had to euth my dear, wonderful little dog of 10 years a few weeks ago. Cannot speak a word about it still without unleashing a wall of tears.
He was on lasix/salix/furosemide and vetmedin/pimobendan for his heart. I have a full, unopened bottle of the pimobendan and a partially full bottle of the lasix (at least 80-90 small pills). I would *really* like to see these not-inexpensive meds go to a good, positive use, but if pet Rx is anything like human Rx, I am questioning the legality of donating them. I have been unable to get any of the local shelters to call me back on this yet (3 in the area are currently inundated with animals).
Have you asked your vet about donating the meds? Maybe he/she would be willing to keep them and give them to a client who maybe could use a little help financially (maybe a senior citizen, or a single parent, IDK). Just a thought. You're very kind to be thinking of donating the meds to some other dog in need.
May your happy memories of your boy carry you through your grief.
I am so sorry for your loss. Never, ever easy and we just never get enough time with them!!
My vet in Vermont took back everything I had when I put my kitty down this winter (they had a donation box or something) but I certainly would check shelters as well. Ours here in Montana would WELCOME it. what a thoughtful thing to think of.
Take good care of yourself!!
Again, Im really sorry.
Unfortunately, legally once it has left the building I cannot take it back (even as a donation) and redispense. This is a DEA regulation. I think the shelter is probably on pretty shaky grounds with their request for donations of medications.
Technically most vets cannot legally take back and redispense medications that have been opened. However, many of them do have a secret stash of "good Sam" donated or expired meds for cases that cannot afford medications or for the pup someone just found on the side of the road ad want to treat etc.
I would call or stop by your vet, or if there is a speciality practice in the area they may see more heart cases that can use those meds.
Thank you everyone - I suspected that a vet might not be able to take them due to legal/regulatory issues. I will check with my little guy's vet and another friend who is a vet just in case. If not, I will pursue other avenues with them. One bottle of vetmedin is still totally sealed / unused. I could probably return it, but that does no one any good. The furosemide is about half empty, but still has a ton of doses in there (esp if you are dosing a toy like mine was).
And thank you all for the kind thoughts. I am blessed to know about COTH, where other animal lovers live. Took me 2 weeks to even tell all of my friends because it just hit me so hard. I already donated all of his special prescription food, and I knew I had to donate the meds if it was possible because they helped his last several months better and I just know there's a deserving senior pup(s) out there.
Try some of your local or regional all-breed/breed rescues. I know that in the BT rescue we usually have "sanctuary dogs" who are in permanent foster care due to age or serious health issues. It can be very expensive to buy some of the medications they need and sometimes they end up living far longer than anyone expected! So some donations of medications would be helpful.
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