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VETMEDIN® (pimobendan) is the only FDA-approved inodilator¹ that helps extend the life expectancy and improves quality of life in dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF).²,³ Given every 12 hours, VETMEDIN’s dual action dilates the blood vessels carrying blood to and from the heart—reducing the load on the heart—while simultaneously improving contraction of the heart muscle. Pimobendan, VETMEDIN’s active ingredient, decreases stress on the heart muscle while increasing cardiac output, without raising oxygen or energy consumption. Dogs with CHF have weakened circulatory systems; pimobendan helps them engage in the daily activities they enjoy. The older dogs get, the more susceptible they are to heart disease and heart failure.4 With early diagnosis and treatment of clinical signs, you can significantly prolong and improve your dog’s quality of life.²,³ Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about VETMEDIN for dogs to determine the proper regimen for your pet.

What is Vetmedin?

Vetmedin is a prescribed chewable tablet used to manage heart disease in dogs caused by atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy.

Who is Vetmedin for?

For dogs 6 months of age and older who have been diagnosed with canine heart disease.

Why use Vetmedin?

Recommended for dogs diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Helps extend the life expectancy and improve the quality of life in dogs with heart failure. Available as a twice-daily, beef-flavored, chewable tablet in 4 convenient dosing sizes (1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg). Talk to your veterinarian before using on your dog.

How does Vetmedin work?

Vetmedin opens blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. Decreases pressure on the heart. Reduces strain on the heart caused by pumping blood around the dog's body. Helps the heart beat stronger. Allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently and beat stronger.


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How is Vetmedin sold?

Sold in bottles of 50 or two pack of 100 tablets. Tablets come in strengths of : 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg.

What are the side effects of Vetmedin?

The following side effects have been reported, but often resolve themselves with continued dosage : Diarrhea, Lethargy or Anorexia.

What special precautions are there?

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: VETMEDIN is only for use in dogs with clinical signs of congestive heart failure. VETMEDIN is not for use in humans: keep this and all medications out of reach of children and consult a physician in case of accidental ingestion. VETMEDIN should only be used in accordance with instructions from your veterinarian. The most common side effects are poor appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, shortness of breath, weakness, and ataxia (lack of muscle control and coordination). If side effects occur, consult your veterinarian. The safety of VETMEDIN has not been established in puppies younger than 6 months of age, or in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs.

What to do if overdose?

Contact your closest emergency pet hospital.

How can I store Vetmedin?

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F), excursions permitted between 15° and 30°C (between 59° and 86°F).

Helpful Tips:

If your dog refuses to take medication, try hiding a Vetmedin tablet in a tasty treat or pill pocket.

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.


Use as directed by your veterinarian. Vetmedin should be administered orally at a total daily dose of 0.23 mg/lb (0.5 mg/kg) body weight, using a suitable combination of whole or half tablets. The total daily dose should be divided into 2 portions that are not necessarily equal, and the portions should be administered approximately 12 hours apart (i.e., morning and evening). The tablets are scored and the calculated dosage should be provided to the nearest half tablet increment.

Main Ingredients

Vetmedin is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim and contains the active ingredient pimobendan.

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