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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 4.8075 out of 5 by 187.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My peaches is back to life., its a miracle drug!!!
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Life Saver Jack has been on Vetmedin as well as three other medications for Congestive Heart Failure for 6 months now. The medication has made him a happier and more playful guy. I am so happy he feels better. And I'm saving $$$ at PetMeds!
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! Excellent product keeping my dog atound alot longer.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! 1800petmeds delivers super fast. I always receive prescriptions packaged with great care and attention. I am happy that I 1800petmeds is my go to place to fill prescriptions for my beloved chihuahua. So far the medicine is doing its job. This is wonderful for the entire family.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Price! This medicine has helped my dog tremendously and it is $20 less a month buying it through 1800petmeds then through my vet. Thanks!
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin is worth the expense. Maddi was put on Vetmedin a year ago when her heart symptoms worsened. She will be 15 years old in Sept. 2016. Still doing well most days. We know one day she will be gone but this med has given us an extra year to enjoy her.
Date published: 2016-06-21
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Q&A

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

Can you give this product to a dog who is taking furosemide20 mg ? She is only a little 11lb Maltese..

Asked by: Jurata92
Yes, Vetmedin is labeled safe to use with furosemide.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-10

Hi My dog has just been prescribed vetamin. It states on your website beef flavoured . My dog is allergic to beef. Please advise.

Asked by: Benji
Unfortunately, we only have Vetmedin availbale as chewable beef-flavored tablets. Speak with your veterinarian to determine if there is a better alternative for your dog.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-05
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