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What is Vetmedin?

Vetmedin is used to manage mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure in dogs caused by atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy. 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 (6 months or older)

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 does Vetmedin work?

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 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, 2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg 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 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 Vetmedin 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 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 happens if I miss giving a dose of Vetmedin?

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is 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 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

Vetmedin (pimobendan) 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.

Vetmedin (pimobendan) Dosage for Dogs: (over 6 months of age)

Dogs: (over 6 months of age)
WeightDosage
All weightsThe 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
Vetmedin (pimobendan) Dosage for Cats:
Cats
Do not use!
Vetmedin (pimobendan) Dosage for Horses:
Horses
Do not use!
Storage:

Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

Ingredients

Vetmedin Ingredients:

Vetmedin
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan1.25 mg
Pimobendan2.50 mg
Pimobendan5.00 mg
Pimobendan10.00 mg
Customer Reviews
Vetmedin (pimobendan) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 239.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin is a great product Wet Erin is doing its job what impresses me more is pet Meds I ordered it last time I used PayPal evidently PayPal never updated my new address which I did update. Petsmed didn't question a thing sent me out another one got it in three days now that's top notch customer service. Customer for life love little Chloe
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin working for Roxy Vetmedin was the extra boost my Roxy needed to help with her CHF cough. Lasix and Enalapril had been working but started to lose their effectiveness. Vetmedin was added and her cough has stopped and you can tell she feels better. 1-800-PetMeds is a godsend for pets who require lifelong medications to better their life. Lower costs along with great coupons and free shipping make caring for your pet that has a chronic illness a little more stress free. Thank you so much!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We are so happy Vetmedin is a miracle this medicine keeps my dog alive I’m glad know about 1800PETMEDS they are the best pet pharmacy
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lost in the mail Maggie is a 16 year old black lab pit mix and she has severe heart and lung issues. Her heart medication got lost in the mail due to are apartment complex office being closed. She didn't have her medicine for about a week and was going downhill pretty fast. But we ended up getting her meds as soon as we could. It wasn't 1 800 Pet Meds fault, so I'm giving them five stars because this was the only place I could find her heart medication at a reasonable price. I'm going to send her medicine to my work next time so I know that I will get it on time.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made a huge difference SO happy my dog is doing better. He has had a murmur forever, recently he started coughing, was retaining some fluid. You could hear the fluid in his lungs. Heart issue, congestive. Vet put him on Vetmedn and a water pill (lasik) and he improved within days. Now he is getting around great. Hopefully this will keep my boy around for a while yet. He is a 14 year old dachshund.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vetmedin Keeps our doggie going. She will be 13 next month. And the FAST delivery is amazing
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Thankful!! My Shih tzu/Pek/Lhasa, Mandy started coughing 2 days after her 11th birthday...she was falling over, foaming at the mouth and I was in despair ...I rushed her to emergency at 4 am. Long story, short...they diagnosed her with CHF and level 6 heart murmur. With the Vetmedin and lasixs she is feeling like her puppy self again..sleeping well no coughing at all no sneezing. It's going on 8 months now...and I couldn't be happier! <3
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 7 Years and still going strong! 7 years ago, my terrier-chi mix had a biting-fly seizure which led to the discovery of his enlarged heart. He was put on Vetmedin coupled with Enalapril and he's been really steady ever since. He'll be 15 next year and I know this medicine has helped him.
Date published: 2017-11-06
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Q&A

Do I need a prescription

Asked by: Wayne Noyes
Thank you for your question. Vetmedin does require a veterinarians prescription.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-12-03

Prescribed VETMEDIN &amp; FUROSEMIDE @ 1/2 tablet per day my 13 year old chihuahua was doing wonderful for awhile(1.5 months). Now In the 2nd month she is not doing well. Only at night. Passed out late last-night. Horrifying to see. Why?? Not able to urinate?

Asked by: Ntent
Consult your veterinarian regarding your pet's progress. The medication doses may need to be adjusted or the drug treatment regimen changed.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-11

Our Mini schnauzer was prescribed this medicine due to heart failure, enlarged heart. Should this medicine be given with food or without? My vets office is closed weekends and I am looking for an answer now. Thank you.

Asked by: Kristina
Vetmedin can be given with or without food.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2017-11-09

Do you not carry the 5mg vetmedin tablets?

Asked by: Janie
We carry Vetmedin in 1.25mg and 5 mg tablets.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-10-28

my jack russell shummie was put on vetmadin started tablets today when will i see an improvement

Asked by: shumms
Individual response to Vetmedin varies depending on the pet and the severity of the disease. Most will see improvement within a week of initiating treatment and it may be even more noticeable in subsequent weeks. .
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-10-25

Is there a 2.5mg pill available?

Asked by: Cookie
We do not carry Vetmedin 2.5 mg tablets.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-09-23

I saw that Vetmedin is beef flavored, is there an option to get it without a flavor?

Asked by: Janet
Unfortunately, we only have the beef flavored tablets available.
Answered by: Cherley Petmeds Pro
Date published: 2017-08-30

Can Vetmedin be mixed with water to administer to a dog&nbsp;

Asked by: Trixie
Good Morning, Yes it is okay to mix Vetmedin with water to administer to a dog. Please call one of our pharmacists for assistance.
Answered by: 1800Petmeds Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-08-29
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