What is Vetmedin? Vetmedin (Pimobendan) Chewable Tablets for the treatment of congestive heart failure in dogs has been shown to significantly improve the clinical signs and extend the life expectancy in dogs with canine heart disease.
Who is Vetmedin for? Vetmedin for Dogs
Why use Vetmedin? -Increases the ability of the heart to pump blood
-Reduces stress on the heart muscle
-Intended to increase life expectancy in dogs with heart failure
How Vetmedin work? Vetmedin works through two complementary modes of action; it opens up the blood vessels taking blood to and away from the heart, thereby lowering the pressure on the heart and reducing the work the heart has to do to pump blood around the dog's body.
At the same time, Vetmedin has a direct effect on the heart muscle, helping it to beat stronger and pump blood more efficiently.
Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim
Active ingredient(s): Pimobendan
How is Vetmedin sold? Available as 1.25 or 5 mg oblong half-scored chewable tablets - 50 tablets per bottle.
What are the side effects of Vetmedin? In rare cases some dogs experienced mild elevations of alkaline phosphatase (less than two times normal).
Loose stools and vomiting were infrequent and self-limiting.
What special precautions are there? 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 to do if overdose? Contact your nearest emergency animal hospital
How can I store Vetmedin? Store at controlled room temperature 59-86°F (15-30°C).
Helpful Tips: If necessary, a Vetmedin tablet can be hidden in a tasty treat or pill pockets.
Vetmedin capsules should be given to your dog on an empty stomach, twice a day - ideally in the morning and at night (about 12 hours apart).
If necessary, a Vetmedin capsule can be hidden in a tasty treat.
Since Vetmedin is fully compatible with other drugs used for treating heart failure, your vet may choose to prescribe it alongside other drugs.