My beautiful 15-year old dachshund passed away on Christmas Day (2011) and he was taking many medications. I had just refilled his Vetoryl (taken for Cushings Disease) and I have about 180 60 mg capsules. I also have Levothyroxine, Denosyl, Phenobarbital, and Pottasium Bromide (30 - 60 days worth). These medications are very expensive and I would hate to throw them away. The Vetoryl and Denosyl are in individually sealed packages, the others are in presciption bottles. I'm hoping that I can send them to someone who needs them because I think legal restrictions prevent the pharmacy from taking them back. In England, these can be given to rescue dogs, I'm not sure of the rule/law in the U.S. In any case, I'm looking for ideas. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi. First, let me say how sorry I am that you lost your dach, particularly on Christmas Day, which must have added even more to the heartache. It sounds like you did an amazing job with him. He was certainly very lucky to have you care for him in the way you did.
If no one else comes up with an answer, please do consider giving them to your local rescue shelter. Many depend largely on charitable donations, so your offer of meds might help offset some of their costs. It's great that you thought of donating the meds to a needy cause, whether to an organisation or an individual dog. Tony
I am not entirely sure about the legalities of forwarding the medications on to someone via mail, so rather than chance getting yourself and maybe someone else into trouble, I think that donating them to a local shelter is a great idea. Call them first though, to make sure they would accept them. There may be rules and regulations regarding medications that they have to follow, and receiving second-hand medications from someone might be something they are not allowed to do.
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