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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 4.8135 out of 5 by 193.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend asking your vet about Vetmedin My shih tzu was diagnosed three years ago this March with a serious heart condition. He was 11 at the time. After examination by my vet and a pet Cardiologist (not as expensive as you might think) they prescribed Vetmedin along with three other drugs. I looked up Vetmedin on this site and read very positive reviews including some claiming that it was a miracle drug. I must agree. When Popcorn began displaying symptoms that led to his diagnosis, his previous vet at the time and his groomer simply claimed he was getting 'old'. When Pop started receiving Vetmedin, he became a puppy again. His step was jaunty and cocky again. I'm sorry to say that Popcorn passed peacefully this week--almost three years after diagnosis. I absolutely believe Vetmedin extended his life allowing him the same quality of life he had always enjoyed. Vetmedin isn't appropriate for all heart conditions, but you should ask your Vet about it. I will also relay that when the final day came, my pup was in an agitated state. He could not settle himself and refused to lay down. After hours of trying to get him to lay down and rest, I gave him a dropper of Rescue Remedy, which had always calmed him in the past. I did not realize how close to the end we were. I absolutely believe administering the Rescue Remedy helped him relax enough to have as peaceful a passing as one might hope for their beloved pet. I honestly do not know that Pop might have finally settled down on his own and passed, but he was in an agitated state for hours and within 20 minutes of receiving Rescue Remedy he fell asleep and peacefully departed. I write this in the hopes that others might consider this an option at the end for their own pets. It was exactly what I had prayed for--a gentle passing in his sleep.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin - Ollie My border collie has a heart murmur with heart disease - my vet put Ollie on Vetmedin and a water pill. He is doing fine, no cough and running around. I did take Ollie to a vet cardiologist which he is the one that put Ollie on a water pill. When I took Ollie back for his check-up he was actually doing a lot better. I know the medication helps for sure !!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to get, mimimal work on my part I have had my Cheyenne on this for years. She has a stage 5 heart murmur, a,nd this has helped her a lot. All I have to do I review my last order, and reorder what I want. Thy take care of the prescription from my vet. I love it.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It cost less then half from vet and helps Lilbit breath better
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good medicine My 14 year old rescue chihuahua was diagnosed with heart failure, with symptoms of a dry hacking cough. The Vet Rx this med and a diuretic and two weeks later on a follow-up, her lungs are clear. This medicine will extend her life as well as giving her an excellent "quality of life" until it's time. Good stuff.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Medicine The veterinary specialist recommended Vetmedin for my Jaxon. He's 11 years old and had developed a heart murmur. Since he started taking this medication, he is spunker than usual. :)
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Works! My Yorkie was coughing a lot with his enlarged heart, but now he hardly coughs at all. Great stuff, wish it were cheaper though.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meds are needed! My vet was cheaper on the EXACT medications than this site, not by much but I can go pick up & have in my hand that day! YAY, Love my veterinarian!!! They are the best!!! He really seemed to care about my little girl! Through exam! I'm so thankful!
Date published: 2016-11-03
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Q&A

Is Vetmedin available in oral soolution form?

Asked by: jack47
Vetmedin is not available in liquid oral solution form.
Answered by: 1800Petmeds Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-01-12

I have an 80 lb pit bull that has been taking enalapril for almost a month without a big improvement.  I am thinking about switching to this drug. How long would the 5.0 mg tablet last him?

Asked by: puppyluv1973
This would depend on the dose being given and how often. Your doctor will determine the best medication regimen based on your pet's condition.
Answered by: S Duesler PharmD MBA
Date published: 2016-12-30

Do you carry Vetmedin and if so, how much for 30 5mg tablets for canine

Asked by: Trishalee
We do carry Vetmedin 5 mg tablets. Consult our website www.1800petmeds.com for current pricing and discounts.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-12-01

What if  I gave too much at one time?

Asked by: claud
Monitor your pet for any changes in behavior. 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.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-18

My dog has been on this for almost a week and I haven't seen any benefits yet. What I do see if a severe loss of appetite. How long is that going to last? 

Asked by: Dylan
If your dog is experiencing severe loss of appetite, contact your veterinarian immediately. Also, the medication should be working after a week, so you definitely want to let your veterinarian know you have not seen any improvements.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-14

My dog accidently got half a pill more than he should of What could happen?

Asked by: Laura
Most likely this won't be a problem, but you should monitor your pet for any changes in behavior and contact your veterinarian if you notice anything different. 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.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-12

Can my dog take rimadyl with vetmedin?

Asked by: Perry
Rimadyl should be avoided in dogs with heart failure. Speak with your veterinarian before giving Rimadyl and Vetmedin together.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-11

Can my dog take acetemenophine with vetmedin?

Asked by: Perry
Yes, Vetmedin is safe to use with acetaminophen.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-11
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