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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 4.7989 out of 5 by 179.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin My 10 year old border collie had a stage 4 heart murmur, and valvular heart disease. My vet put Ollie on Vetmedin and it worked well, his heart is not working as hard, and the blood flow is working much much better. Because this medication works so well for Ollie he will have to be on it for the rest of his life. I get the prescription from my vet and send it in to pet meds, they are cheaper. I am so glad for the discounts that PetMeds have as this medication is expensive.
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So helpful Chester has been on vetmedin for 6 months and is doing very well. We have made adjustments with the dosage and are able to keep him comfortable and active.
Date published: 2015-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doing Great on this Med Our sweet pomeranian was diagnosed with mitral valve deficiency and then after contined issues and a visit to the cardiologist sever pulmonary hypertension. We thought Cookie was on her way out...was passing out, lethargic, breathing heavily. After starting hear on this medicine she completely turned around. Acting like her old self, good appetite and no more fainting spells. She's been on this drug for 3 months now. We didn't expect her to live this long, but she's now living a full and happy life,
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product. my little dog was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the vet didn't exspect her to make threw the week. he put her on vetmedin 6 months ago ,and she's still doing fine.thanks to this medicine.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We believe it helped our baby. Six months ago, our beloved Yorkie was diagnosed with 4th stage heart disease. Our vet put her on Vemedin, Flourosimide (Lasik), and Enalapril. We can only assume each one of these medications helped our baby live until yesterday. She passed away in our arms and we cannot express our grief properly but we are grateful for the time we had with her.
Date published: 2015-10-18
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Q&A

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: Anonymous
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: 2016-02-03

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: 2016-05-16

Overdosed

My dog a year ago ate some of my pom vetamin it has been a year 1/2 now if they overdose does it cause any damage to heart, kidneys, etc I had blood work done right after but wondering if I should do it again
Asked by: sunshine
The best person to answer would be the veterinarian who treated your pet at the time of the overdose and who interpreted the blood work. They should be able to advise you if it is necessary to repeat the bloodwork or not.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2015-04-09

Vet prescribed double recommended dose

The guidelines for dosage are .23 per lb of body weight. My Pom weighs 12 lbs and was prescribed a dosage of 5mg once a day. If my calculations are correct, she should be getting a dose of 2.76mg every 12 hours. After reading all of this new information I'm worried that this dosage is incorrect and might have harmed her. Is that normal?
Asked by: Robbi
Your veterinarian will determine the appropriate dose based on your pet's medical condition. Please consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2015-03-26

Do you Ship Vetmedin to El Salvador?

Do you ship Vetmedin to El Salvador? If not, can I send a prescription from El Salvador, but send it to a US address? like a relative that will come to El Salvador soon?
Asked by: Anonymous
We do ship medications internationally.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2015-03-26
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