Vetmedin (pimobendan)

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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.

Suitable 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® has a unique dual mode of action, dilating the blood vessels carrying blood to and from the heart, reducing the load on the heart. It also increases the contraction of the heart muscle, without putting additional stress 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. Studies have shown that improvement can be seen in as little as 7 days.* VETMEDIN® Chewable Tablets is only for use in dogs with clinical signs of heart failure. The safety of VETMEDIN® Chewable Tablets has not been established in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by etiologies other than Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD) and Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). The safe use of VETMEDIN® has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs with congenital heart defects, dogs with diabetes mellitus or other serious metabolic diseases, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating bitches.

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?

According to the product label, VETMEDIN® should be administered orally. VETMEDIN® comes in beef flavored chewable tablets that make giving your dog their medication easy. VETMEDIN® should be given at the onset of clinical signs of heart failure. If you think your dog is showing the symptoms of heart failure, consult with your veterinarian. VETMEDIN® should not be given with food. Food decreases the bioavailability of an aqueous solution of pimobendan, but the effect of food on the absorption of pimobendan from VETMEDIN tablets is unknown. VETMEDIN® should be administered per your veterinarian’s prescription specific to your dog.

What are the possible side effects of Vetmedin?

The most common side effects of VETMEDIN® are poor appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, shortness of breath, weakness, and ataxia (lack of muscle control and coordination). If side effects occur, consult your veterinarian.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Vetmedin?

If a dose of VETMEDIN® is missed give the next scheduled dose at the normal time. There’s no need to give a higher dose.

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.

What special precautions are there?

VETMEDIN® and furosemide, or other ACE-inhibitors can be taken together, but these (and other) drugs should only be taken in combination when specifically prescribed together by your veterinarian. Be sure to thoroughly discuss all medications and supplements your dog may be taking before starting any new prescription. VETMEDIN® and enalapril can be taken together as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Many veterinarians will prescribe a combination of drugs for dogs with congestive heart failure, and VETMEDIN® (pimobendan) and enalapril are a common combination. Be sure to discuss all medications your dog is taking before starting a new prescription and call your vet immediately if you notice any side effects. For any specific product questions, please call the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health customer service line number at 1-888-637-4251.

Storage:

Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

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!

Vetmedin Ingredients:

Vetmedin 1.25 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan1.25 mg
Vetmedin 2.50 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan 2.50 mg
Vetmedin 5.0 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan 5.0 mg
Vetmedin 10 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan 10 mg

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.

Suitable 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® has a unique dual mode of action, dilating the blood vessels carrying blood to and from the heart, reducing the load on the heart. It also increases the contraction of the heart muscle, without putting additional stress 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. Studies have shown that improvement can be seen in as little as 7 days.* VETMEDIN® Chewable Tablets is only for use in dogs with clinical signs of heart failure. The safety of VETMEDIN® Chewable Tablets has not been established in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by etiologies other than Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD) and Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). The safe use of VETMEDIN® has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs with congenital heart defects, dogs with diabetes mellitus or other serious metabolic diseases, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating bitches.

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?

According to the product label, VETMEDIN® should be administered orally. VETMEDIN® comes in beef flavored chewable tablets that make giving your dog their medication easy. VETMEDIN® should be given at the onset of clinical signs of heart failure. If you think your dog is showing the symptoms of heart failure, consult with your veterinarian. VETMEDIN® should not be given with food. Food decreases the bioavailability of an aqueous solution of pimobendan, but the effect of food on the absorption of pimobendan from VETMEDIN tablets is unknown. VETMEDIN® should be administered per your veterinarian’s prescription specific to your dog.

What are the possible side effects of Vetmedin?

The most common side effects of VETMEDIN® are poor appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, shortness of breath, weakness, and ataxia (lack of muscle control and coordination). If side effects occur, consult your veterinarian.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Vetmedin?

If a dose of VETMEDIN® is missed give the next scheduled dose at the normal time. There’s no need to give a higher dose.

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.

What special precautions are there?

VETMEDIN® and furosemide, or other ACE-inhibitors can be taken together, but these (and other) drugs should only be taken in combination when specifically prescribed together by your veterinarian. Be sure to thoroughly discuss all medications and supplements your dog may be taking before starting any new prescription. VETMEDIN® and enalapril can be taken together as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Many veterinarians will prescribe a combination of drugs for dogs with congestive heart failure, and VETMEDIN® (pimobendan) and enalapril are a common combination. Be sure to discuss all medications your dog is taking before starting a new prescription and call your vet immediately if you notice any side effects. For any specific product questions, please call the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health customer service line number at 1-888-637-4251.

Storage:

Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

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!

Vetmedin Ingredients:

Vetmedin 1.25 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan1.25 mg
Vetmedin 2.50 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan 2.50 mg
Vetmedin 5.0 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan 5.0 mg
Vetmedin 10 mg Tablet
Active Ingredients (per tablet)Amount
Pimobendan 10 mg

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