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Vetmedin (pimobendan)

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What is Vetmedin?

Vetmedin is used to manage certain types of congestive heart failure. It differs from other commonly used heart drugs because it helps the heart pump more efficiently. Vetmedin requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs

Benefits:
  • Helps pets suffering from congestive heart disease
  • Shown to increase quality and length of life in pets
  • Increases the ability of the heart to pump blood
How it Works:

Vetmedin opens up the blood vessels that take blood away from the heart, effectively reducing work the heart does to pump blood. At the same time, Vetmedin opens up the blood vessels returning blood to the heart, reducing pressure on the heart.

Cautions:

If serious side effects or allergic reactions occur, stop giving Vetmedin and seek emergency veterinary medical attention.

Brand Name:

Vetmedin (Boehringer Ingelheim)

Generic Name:

Pimobendan

What is Vetmedin:

Vetmedin is a medication that increases the ability of the heart to pump blood. It is used in dogs 6 months of age or older for the management of mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Vetmedin to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has any congenital heart defects, diabetes, or other serious metabolic disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

What is the most important information I should know about Vetmedin:

Vetmedin is used in dogs 6 months of age or older for the management of mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy. Vetmedin is available by prescription as 1.25mg and 5mg scored, porcine derived beef flavored, chewable tablets. The usual dose for dogs is 0.23mg per pound divided into 2 portions to be given 12 hours apart. The portion to be given should be to the nearest 1/2 tablet increment.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian, the total daily dose should be divided into 2 portions to be given 12 hours apart. The portion to be given should be to the nearest 1/2 tablet increment. Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What should I avoid while giving Vetmedin:

Vetmedin is not for use in humans. Do not give this medication to animals allergic to it. Do not give to animals with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other condition where an increase in cardiac output is not recommended. Do not give this medication to dogs less than 6 months of age. Do not give this medication to pregnant or lactating animals.

What are the possible side effects of Vetmedin:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Vetmedin and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, coma. Discontinue giving Vetmedin and contact your veterinarian if your pet develops; poor appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, incoordination, fainting, accumulation of fluid in the lungs or abdomen, and cough. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the pet.

What other drugs will affect Vetmedin:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is also being given verapamil (Isoptin, Calan, Verelan), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur), and pentoxiphylline (Trental). Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines, including vitamins and minerals.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Vetmedin is a prescription medication used in dogs to increase the ability of the heart to pump blood.
  • Vetmedin is used for the management of mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy.
Tip:

Vetmedin is available as beef-flavored chewable tablets.

Dosage:
Dogs: (over 6 months of age)
Weight
Dosage
All weights
The usual dose is 0.23mg per pound of pet's body weight divided into 2 portions to be given 12 hours apart. The portion to be given should be to the nearest ½ tablet increment
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

Ingredients
Vetmedin:
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Amount
Pimobendan
1.25 mg
Vetmedin:
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Amount
Pimobendan
5.00 mg
Customer Reviews
Vetmedin (pimobendan) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 205.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart medication If your pup has a heart problem and it is recommended by your vet this medication is wonderful. Our Buddy was very lethargic, not eating, always sleeping, so sad now he is almost back to his old self. We still gave to monitor him to make sure he doesn't over exert himself but the difference is amazing.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Saver My Jack Russell Terrier was on his last days out when we woke up one morning to find him coughing his head up and throwing up when he coughed. Our Vet saw him right away. He gave us the bad news that he was dying with CHF. After x-rays he put Jack on several medications and one of them was Vetmedin 1.25 mg.. This was over a month ago and you cannot tell he is I'll. This has been a life saver for Jack and we appreciate it. We were not ready to give up our dog of nine years.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 10 year old Malty poo was in heart failur and close to death. As others here mentioned, within 48 hours, along with the Lasix, he rebounded 100% and is doing very well. Wish more Vets carried this and appreciate the savings codes!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prince and his meds I'm just overall so happy with the medication he's on, and the service you provide. Thank you. Prince's overall appearance and energy and changed almost overnight. Thank you petmeds!!!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works good for Daiseys condition. Glad the vet put her on this med. Daisey is 14 and acts like a teenager again.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin is great. Hank, our 65 lb, 12 yr old Australian Shepherd has been on Vetmedin since last June. When it first prescribed, the vet didn't have much hope him. My only concern has been the unavailability of the medicine. Hank was on the 10 mg tablets, taking one in the morning and a half at bedtime. The manufacturer seems to have slowed down or stopped production. This concerns me.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent med This medication made such a positive change on my Yorkshire's condition. His vet was telling me to "keep him comfortable". After a week on this medication he was showing interest in the squirrels in backyard that he had stopped doing prior to medication.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has helped my dog This medication has significantly reduced the extreme coughing my dog was experiencing due to his congestive heart issue. He's more comfortable and enjoys his walks again.
Date published: 2017-02-06
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Q&A

I know it's been mentioned before, but many of us need the 2.5mg form of this med. I'm not sure why it's difficult to carry this dosage, it would be helpful since we would have to cut the other dosage in quarters (even with a cutter).

Asked by: Wil R
Hello Will, The Vetmedin 5mg can be cut easily in half to get 2.5mg dose. If you are needing quarter tabs, we carry 1.25mg tabs which is equivalent to a quarter tab. You could also take 2 of the 1.25mg tabs to get 2.5mg if that method is easier. This is why we carry these 2 strengths. You could call our customer service department too and make an inquiry about the 2.5mg strength, toll free 1-800-738-6337. Hope this helps. Thanks
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-03-08

since the 1.25 is out of stock, my vet has been giving my shih tzu small purple pills in replacement. what would those be so i can order the correct meds?

Asked by: AmandaO817
Good news. Vetmedin is back in stock today.
Answered by: Laura PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-02-24

My Cavvie Benji started taking Vetmedin and slept and slept after half a tablet given for 5 days I stopped giving it him and Benji gets back to normal. He has a bad cough ending with a gag which got worse after a shortening of soft palet op end of July.

Asked by: Jobisfriend
If your question is about the use of Vetmedin, I would talk to your Vet about switching medications if these side effects persist or get worse.
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-03-07

Do I need a prescription to order this drug

Asked by: Karen
Yes, this medication requires a prescription from a Veterinarian.
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-02-21

Is this drug safe for the kidneys and liver? Do dogs need to have their kidneys and/or liver checked periodically by blood testing for possible damage related to taking Vetmedin? Thank you.

Asked by: kathy51
Yes, the drug is safe. There is no harm to kidneys or liver, as the drug is mainly excreted via feces. Therefore routine testing is not needed while on this medication. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-02-21

Can Vetmedin be given at the same time as Apoquel

Asked by: CazCarr
Should be fine to take together, but you should consult your veterinarian before any changes.
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-02-21

Is vetmedin available in liquid 

Asked by: Joan
Vetmedin is not available in oral solution form.
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-02-21

I need vetmedin 2.5 mg dosage. Do you carry this? I don't want to cut more pills than I do already. 

Asked by: Bk1171
Hello, Thank you for the question. I apologize, but we do not carry the 2.5mg strength of Vetmedin. We do have the 5mg tabs (which you can cut in half) or 1.25mg tabs (which your pet can take 2). Whatever is more convenient for you. If you have trouble cutting the pills, I would recommend using a pill cutter as they work pretty easily and are inexpensive. Hope this helps. Thanks, Pharmacy student intern
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-03-07
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