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Vetmedin is a medication that helps treat certain types of congestive heart failure by helping to increase the heart muscle's ability to pump blood.

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Vetmedin is a medication that helps treat certain types of congestive heart failure by helping to increase the heart muscle's ability to pump blood.

What is Vetmedin? Vetmedin is an inodilator medication that is used to manage certain types of congestive heart failure in dogs. Inodilators help to increase the ability of the heart muscle to pump blood.

Vetmedin is formulated for: dogs but the safety has not been evaluated in puppies less than 6 months of age.

What are the benefits of Vetmedin? Vetmedin helps increase the life expectancy of your dog with heart failure and can help him/her to live a better quality of life. Vetmedin helps relieve stress on the heart muscle allowing your dog’s heart to pump more easily. The flavored tablet makes it easy to administer to your dog too!

How does Vetmedin work? Vetmedin works by helping to open up blood vessels making it easier to carry blood to and from the heart. This reduces the workload on your dog’s heart. This medication can also increase the strength of your dog’s heart beat, improving the heart’s pumping action.

How is Vetmedin administered? Vetmedin is generally given by mouth twice a day. Try to give this medication approximately one hour before food, ideally in the morning and evening (about 12 hours apart). Exact dosing will be determined by your veterinarian. You should always follow his/her instructions.

What results can I expect? Vetmedin is not a cure for heart disease but it can help relieve some of the associated symptoms and help your dog to feel better. Clinical improvement may not be immediate and can take several weeks.

What Form(s) does Vetmedin come in? Vetmedin is a beef-flavored chewable tablet.

Common brand name: Vetmedin (Boehringer Ingelheim)

Generic Name: Pimobendan (drug name)

Uses: Vetmedin is used to treat dogs (older than 6 months) with mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy.

Dose and Administration: Vetmedin is typically used twice daily or every twelve hours but your veterinarian will determine the exact dosage for your dog. Do not stop the medication or decrease the dose unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. Vetmedin can be broken in half if necessary.

Possible Side Effects: Vetmedin is generally well-tolerated in many dogs. Possible side effects include: loss of appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, weakness, incoordination, fainting, cough, and sudden death in rare cases. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any unusual symptoms while your dog is taking Vetmedin. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember but you should never give two doses at one time. This medication should not be decreased or discontinued unless instructed by your veterinarian.

Precautions: Vetmedin should not be uses in animals that are allergic to pimobendan. This medication should not be given to animals with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other clinical condition where increased cardiac output would be harmful. The safety of the drug has not been studied in breeding, pregnant or lactating animals (female animals nursing their young). If the mother is receiving Vetmedin, consider placing the offspring on milk replacer after they have received the colostrum (first milk immediately after birth). This medication should be used with extreme caution in animals prone to cardiac arrhythmias. If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes or another metabolic disease, speak with your veterinarian regarding the safety of Vetmedin.



Drug and Food Interactions: Always tell your veterinarian if your dog is taking any other medications, including vitamins and supplements before starting Vetmedin. Drug interactions may occur with verapamil, propranolol, theophylline, and pentoxifylline.

Storage: Vetmedin can be stored at room temperature and does not require refrigeration. Keep this medication out of reach from children and pets.

A prescription from your veterinarian is necessary to purchase Vetmedin for your dog.

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Vetmedin Chewable Tablets
 
4.8

(based on 85 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (65)
  • Easy to use (62)
  • No side effects (35)
  • Gentle (23)
  • Long-lasting (20)

Cons

  • Side effects (4)
  • Difficult to administer (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily care (58)
  • Older pets (49)
  • Younger pets (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (83)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Lifesaver for my dog.

This is an amazing medication. I truly believe it saved our older dog's life. He was diagnosed with a stage 4 heart murmur more than a year ago. At that visit our vet told...Read complete review

This is an amazing medication. I truly believe it saved our older dog's life. He was diagnosed with a stage 4 heart murmur more than a year ago. At that visit our vet told us what we already knew--that our Levi was getting worse and in his last days. We would need to prepare for the inevitable and all we could do was keep him comfortable for the little time he had left. Then she said, "let's try one more thing." She told us about the success of Vetmedin in tests. He was already on Enalapril and Furosamide and she wanted us to add Vetmedin to the mix. Within 24 hours of starting the Vetmedin Levi was more alert and looked healthier than he had in a long time. Today he is still enjoying an amazing quality of life as a dignified and happy older dog of 15. It has now been 15 months since that visit with the vet when we were bracing ourselves for the end and we tried "one more thing". He is doing so well over a year later! Our vet said she wishes she had put him on Vetmedin sooner. His heart murmur is still a stage 4 but it has not gotten worse in over a year. He is our miracle dog.
Also-National Pet Pharmacy has the best price for this medication. I have shopped around.

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Pharmacy very unorganized

It works well

It works well

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5.0

I will definitely buy this product again

By gracie girl

from geneva, il

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Effective
  • No Side Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Care

    Comments about Vetmedin Chewable Tablets:

    We give this product daily to our dog and she has reacted well to it. It has helped her to breathe better

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    5.0

    My poodle Angel-ina and Vetmedin

    By Great grandmother Marilyn

    from Rochester, MN.

    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Effective
    • Gentle
    • Long-Lasting
    • No Side Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Care
      • Older Pets

      Comments about Vetmedin Chewable Tablets:

      My 12 yr. old poodle has been on Vetmedin for a couple years now. Altogether with the fluid pill and a Enalapril and Lasix and Theophylline she is on 12 pill total a day. I would recommend the Vetmedin. I believe it lengthened my dogs life, tho one vet said it would make her heart pump harder and wear it out quicker and then took her off the pills. She then almost died until she got back on the Vetmedin. She goes by the cubboard and waits for me to get all her pills four times a day as if she knows and feels when she should have them. I thank God for every extra day I have with my poodle Angelina. I love her so very much. Lately her cough is squeaky and more often but perhaps there is a cough medicine besides a steroid she can take for that?

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      4.0

      Product was has advertised.

      By jan

      from Zephyrhills Fl

      About Me Long-time Pet Owner

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Effective

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Care
        • Older Pets

        Comments about Vetmedin Chewable Tablets:

        Very effective medication.

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        5.0

        This Works

        By Dick

        from Genoa, Oh

        About Me Long-time Pet Owner

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effective
        • No Side Effects

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Care
          • Older Pets

          Comments about Vetmedin Chewable Tablets:

          After a couple of months on this drug she has much improvement. Has energy not shone for a long time, much reduced coughing, and snoring is not nearly the problem it was.

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          5.0

          excellent price

          By lakelee74

          from Greenville, MS

          About Me Long-time Pet Owner

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Side Effects

          Best Uses

          • Older Pets

          Comments about Vetmedin Chewable Tablets:

          I have two older dogs with CHF who have been prescribed this medication. No side effects with one of them. I have noticed a loss of appetite with the other. The one with appetite loss is a Jack Russell - he will not chew any medications regardless of their flavoring - I dip this in peanut butter to get him to eat it. The other dog gulps it right now with no hesitation.

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          Ingredients

          Pimobendan

          Prescription Required

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