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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.


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Brand Name
Vetmedin (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Generic Name
Pimobendan
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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.

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.

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 happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Vetmedin overdose that may occur include; loss of appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, incoordination, fainting, accumulation of fluid in the lungs or abdomen, and cough.

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.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information written for health professionals that you may read.

 

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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:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: (over 6 months of age) 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:
Horses:
Storage: Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.
Vetmedin:
Active Ingredients (per tablet) Amount
Pimobendan 1.25 mg

Vetmedin:
Active Ingredients (per tablet) Amount
Pimobendan 5.00 mg

Vetmedin 4.8 5 147 147
Beyond Blessed Allie, the best dog any one could ask for, was diagnosed with heart worms a year ago. My family was heartbroken watching her suffer and willing to spend whatever it took even if it only meant one more day. She was treated and we were told her lifetime may be very short the day we brought her home. I took her to another vet recently for more advice on her sickness and they put Allie on Vetmedin. That day changed not only Allie's life, but mine too! It was so sad to watch her become out of breath with little activity and seem as though it was all she could to get her next breath. I gave Allie her first does when we came home from the vet and by that night she was a total different dog!! She was able to rest without panting and had the personality of a 6-month puppy. She now absolutely loves to ride, go outside, visit the pet store and more! I thank Vetmedin everyday that I go to sleep and wake up with Allie at the foot of my bed. I couldn't imagine life without her and Vetmedin has given me the opportunity to continue to care for my companion. THANK YOU VETMEDIN FOR CHANGING ALLIE'S LIFE!! 04/06/2011
Vetmedin tablets These tablets have proven to be a god send for our Gypsy. She now acts and plays like a 6 year old dog, her breathing is a lot better, she doesn't get as puffed out while playing and she now can do her favourite thing and play with her ball. The kids are amazed at how much younger she acts, Yes I would say she is definitely one of the kids again. Ha Ha Try them and see the difference. Thank you for all the help given to us. 03/16/2011
Vetmedin Vetmedin: In my opinion, there has not been such a beneficial drug released approved for small animals for a major health threatening problem than vetmedin. For years veterinarians and veterinary cardiologists have for the most part had to rely on a few very narrow type drugs. One group called diuretics include drugs like furosemide(lasix) and spironolactone, while the other group called ACE inhibiters(including enalopril and benazopril) have indeed helped many pets with diseases of the heart valves and heart muscle. However in those severe cases of advanced heart disease, these drugs were often only partially effective, and many pets unfortunately needed to be euthanized. Using older drugs like digoxin to help the failing heart often led to severe and health threatening side effects making our therapeutic options limited in these pets. That was until this drug was approved a few years ago. Not only have I found it so valuable in helping cases of advanced congestive heart failure, but in my practice I will often start pets with moderate mitral valve disease and early symptoms on this wonderful medication. By acting both to dilate blood vessels in front of and behind the heart, as well as effectively increase the force of contraction of the heart, vetmedin works wonderfully often in combination with diuretics and/or the ACE inhibiter drugs mentioned above. I have definitely seen dogs live often years more than they used to before this drug came out. The only occasional side effect I have seen is mild digestive upset and on occasion decline in kidney function, most commonly when used in combination with the diuretics and ACE inhibiters. However with periodic blood monitoring both before starting therapy and every few months, these side effects can be minimized. I give this product an overall rating of a 5 with ease of use/taste a 4. 08/04/2009
Vetmedin prolongued our puppy's life sake was a healthy and fast growing german sheppard until a week short of his 6 months birthday. One night I saw his belly unsually swollen and that reminded me of my dad who died of congestive heart failure. the following morning , even though Sake seemed as happy as the night before , but still swollen , my husband took him to the vet , and it turned out my fears came through. He had an unsually swollen heart. 4 liters of liquid were estracted from his abdomen, we were told that his prognosis was specially poor , and that if we could , we should try buying Vetmedin overseas as the product is not available in our country , Venezuela . According to the vet , sake's prognosis was poor and without Vetmedin , he could not have survided . Our vet gave us 15 days supply from his personal kit and we began the treatment . Thanks to 1800 pet meds, which accepted to process our vet's recipe , we were able to continue the treatment after day 15 and have been able to see Sake happy , thriving and apparently healthy .We were told this week that even though Sake seems all right his heart 's ejection factor was barely 15 3 weeks ago and that index suggests the damage his heart sustained is major and may not survive after year 1 . Our vet and us hope he is wrong and that vetmedin along with lasyx and an arrithmia medicine allow us to enjoy Sake and give him a good long life., but if that were not the case we are still thankfull for the time given us Thanks 1800 meds !!!! 04/17/2014
Vetmedin This pill is a life saver. My dog (Brody-10 years old) was coughing, stress breathing and not eating when he was diagnosed with heart problems. When I got him to his vet he was turning blue (according to his tongue). His vet said that the Vetmedin was a wonder drug for dogs with heart issues and Brody has been on them for 6 weeks now. He is the best he has been in years...active, eating well and just all-around happier (that makes 2 of us). No side effects and it truly is a wonder-drug. Soooo thankful. 03/29/2014
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The 1.25mg tablets are about the size of a tylenol caplet and the 5mg tablets are about the size of a almond.
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My vet has my 15 year old min pin on 5mg Vetmedin a day 1/2 in the morn 1/2 in the eve but since taking this medication he has changed, he dosent play any more & acts real lethargic, I worry it is too much for his system..the vet does not seem concerned..
Also I purchased a well recommended herbal supplement called Young at heart by Pet Wellbeing online but vet says no to it....I thought it might be better than the vetmedin or at least wouldnt hurt!
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This medication is dosed based on the pet's weight, the dose prescribed is for a pet weighing about 20 pounds. I would be careful of giving herbal supplements to a dog who has a heart condition, many of these supplements can have a negative effect on the heart or may interact with some medication.
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Vet has prescribed this for my 15 year old baby boy. 5 mg twice a day....is that the normal dosage?
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The dose is based on weight and also on what the veterinarian believes to be the most
beneficial dose for your individual pet. Feel free to call our pharmacy and provide the
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When I buy Vetmedin at my vets office they have them quartered for him, if I order them here, do you quarter them or how do i quarter them myself? I don't want to risk giving him the wrong dosage since hes only 6lb.
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I recommend getting a pill cutter.....and then you can easily quarter them yourself.
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My 12 year old cocker is super picky and hates the chewable pills. Does the heat harm the pills? We've tried everything else that we can think of.
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Our 13 yo Chihuahua is a very fussy eater, and horrible at taking meds (he is on 4) we crush up the vetmedin and put in his food...and we get success the best this way.
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The manufacturer recommends for the product to be kept in temperatures from 59-86 degrees fahrenheit to maintain its integrity. It is recommended to protect from heat and sunlight. PetMeds sells Greenies Pill Pockets which can disguise the taste of the pill for your pet.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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