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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 4.804347826086956 out of 5 by 184.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This medicine has helped my dog Its easy to give. My dog thinks she is getting a treat. She has a grade 5 murmur with heart enlargement. She has been on it for 1 yr. Her last check up showed significant improvement. I am so happy.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! My chihuahua was diagnosed with a heart condition (mitral valve). He started Vetmedin along with a water pill. The prognosis is usually not good and my vet let me know that he could live just less than a year to a couple more years. It's been 4 years and My dog now sees a cardiologist twice a year along with my vet. His Vetmedin was increased along with his water pill and now also takes a small amount of blood pressure medication. His heart valve is still problematic but his actual heart is getting stronger. He still runs and plays and is going on 10 years old which I did not expect. My vet and cardiologist both agreed it's the Vetmedin that has attributed to his good health. I don't know what I would do without Vetmedin! Thank you!!!!
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good so far! My 12 year old Sissi was coughing so much, was fainting, and I could feel her heart pumping so fast, I was so scared that she was going to soon have a heart attack. My vet prescribed this med along with furosimide and I'm definitely seeing an improvement! She's been on this for a few weeks and while there's still some coughing. it's not as much as it was before. The fainting however has stopped! I even took her for a small walk and she did great. I'm not sure how long this will extend my fur baby's life, but thanks to Vetmedin I can spend time a little more time with my Sissi. This product is not cheap, but so worth it.
Date published: 2016-04-05
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Q&A

Dosing Question for Pimobendan

My 13 pound pomeranian was prescribed 3 1.25 mg pills to be taken 3 times per day. It's been difficult to administer these pills exactly in 8 hour increments. The timing doesn't necessarily fit in with normal eating patternsand the dog is difficult with pills. The most difficult time is the last pill of the day that would be 10-11 pm at night. How much flexibility in the timetable is acceptable? Can I give the last pill six hrs after the afternoon dose rather than 8? If Cookie only eats half a dose and gets stubborn is it ok to give another half a pill an hour later when she'll take another treat? What are some options for my"particular" Pom?
Asked by: Betsy
They don't have to be administered every 8 hours exactly. As long as they are evenly spaced out. If they are sometimes taken with 6 hours in between it is ok.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-20

Do you carry 10mg Vetmedin?

Asked by: Daisy
We only carry 1.25mg and 5mg chewables.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-19

Do you carry 10 mg Vetmedin

Asked by: Hoku
No we only carry 1.25mg and 5mg chewables.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-18

About this answer "We would need the original written prescription from your pet's Veterinarian mailed into our pharmacy", it is only allowed send the prescription by mail or can be sent by email? 

Asked by: Jess_AgA
The original prescription must be mailed in to us. Many veterinarians however make it more convenient for their clients by allow us to call the office for an authorization, calling in the prescription themselves, or faxing in an approval request from the office. A faxed in prescription is permissible as long as it is coming from the veterinarian clinic.
Answered by: 1800Petmeds Pharmacist
Date published: 2016-03-15

What is the rate for shipping to Colombia? How many days for arriving?

Asked by: Jess_AgA
We would need the original written prescription from your pet's Veterinarian mailed into our pharmacy, upon arrival and verification approval the order would shipped Global Priority. The cost is $14.99 and takes roughly 7-10 days.
Answered by: Pharmacy Manager
Date published: 2016-03-12

Do you sell vetmedin in tablet form, not the chewable

Asked by: Saluki girl
we only have it in the chewable tablet form
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2015-09-26

how long must my dog take Vetmedin?

Asked by: Shirley
If it is prescribed for congestive heart failure, then most likely for the life of your pet.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2015-09-02

Do you not carry the 2.5 mg of vetmedin?

Asked by: Patty
We carry Vetmedin 1.25mg and 5mg tablets. A 2.5mg dose may be obtained by cutting the 5mg tablet in half.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2015-08-22
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