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Vetmedin Chewable Tablets for Dogs

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Description

Vetmedin is a prescribed veterinary inodilator that aids in dilating veins and arteries. It also works to increase cardiac output, which lightens the workload of your dog's heart. Vetmedin may also help your dog with congestive heart failure so she can feel better and improve her quality of life.

Uses

Vetmedin is used to treat dogs with mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy.

Possible Side Effects

Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any negative reactions or side effects.

Drug & Food Interactions

Talk to your veterinarian about any other drugs your dog is taking before starting this medication.

Precautions

The safety of Vetmedin has not been established in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by etiologies other than AVVI or 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 who breed, pregnant or lactating females.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    146422
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Vetmedin
  • Generic Name
    Pimobendan
  • Dosage Measure
    Use according to your veterinarian's instructions.
  • For Use With
    Dogs
  • Brand
    Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Product Form
    Chewable Tablet
  • Health Condition
    Congestive Heart Failure
  • Drug Type
    Inodilator
Ingredients
Ingredients

Pimobendan.

Instructions
Recommended Dosage

Vetmedin is typically used twice daily or every twelve hours, but your veterinarian will decide the exact dosage that will work for your dog. Do not stop the medication or decrease the dose unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may ask you to break Vetmedin in half.

Storage Instructions

Store at temperatures between 68° - 77°F.

FAQ

Is Vetmedin Safe For Use In All Dogs?

Vetmedin should not be given in case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other clinical condition where an augmentation of cardiac output is inappropriate for functional or anatomical reasons.

The safety of Vetmedin has not been established in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by etiologies other than atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or 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 females. Use only in dogs with clinical evidence of heart failure.

What Happens If A Pet Owner Forgets To Give One Of The Vetmedin Daily Doses?

Instruct the pet owner to wait until the next scheduled dosing time and resume the normal twice-daily (every 12 hours) pattern of dosing.

What Should Be Done In An Acute Overdose Situation?

There is no specific antidote for an overdose of Vetmedin. Contact 866-638-2226 for technical support.

What Should Be Done If A Dog Vomits Shortly After Dosing?

Please call BIVI Technical Services to report the suspected adverse event at 866-638-2226. Some dogs in our clinical trials experienced transient mild vomiting that resolved after a few doses. If vomiting is severe or persistent, discontinue the medication and call BIVI Technical Services at 866-638-2226.

Is There A Maximum Duration Of Administration For Vetmedin?

No, there is no limit on the period of time Vetmedin can be administered to a pet.

What Is Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD)?

As its name suggests, MMVD affects the mitral valve located on the left side of the heart between the atrium and the ventricle. MMVD is a slowly progressive disease in which the mitral valve thickens over time. Normally, when they close, heart valves form a perfect seal ensuring that blood flows in the right direction through the heart. The function of the mitral valve is to channel blood from the left atrium into the left ventricle. However, when MMVD occurs, the thickening of the mitral valve results in an imperfect seal and allows blood to “leak” backward into the atrium as the ventricle contracts.

What Is The Difference Between AVVI And DCM In Dogs?

AVVI and DCM are the 2 most common causes of canine heart disease with AVVI accounting for about 75% of canine cases of heart disease seen in veterinary clinics in the US. AVVI tends to have a long preclinical phase lasting from months to years and is a slow-progressing degenerative disease5 that damages heart valve leaflets.

DCM has a preclinical phase as well but, unlike AVVI, tends to progress rapidly. DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that causes loss of myocardial contractility. DCM is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in certain breeds. In North America, the Doberman Pinscher is the most commonly affected breed.

Both AVVI and DCM ultimately lead to CHF in dogs and require prompt treatment at the first appearance of clinical signs to improve and lengthen life.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Recommendation...

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    I too, have experienced the frustration of ALL online vet Rx suppliers being out of Vetmedin (pimobendan), especially 1.25mg & 2.50mg concentrations. Unfortunately, despite their increase in manufacturing, the manufacturer cannot keep up with the demand. For now, they hold the patent (fairly) and are the only suppliers. I discovered that the answer is to double your order, ONCE and keep it as a backup only. You can prevent delay by giving your vet a heads-up to expect request for "double" the order. Order when you have only a week's worth left of your current supply. If Chewy is out of stock, you'll have your backup ready till new supply shows up.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    When will it be back in stock?

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    As many of you know Pimobendan (1.25mg) is out of stock. Do you have a timeframe for when this will be available? I’m running low and getting nervous as my pup won’t survive without it. This is the 2nd time I’ve experienced it being out of stock. Very scary for this Doxie Mom.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Crushable! Keeping my dog living longer!

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    This med is keeping my little dog's heart stronger and helping her live longer! However, it often seems to be out of stock causing a gap in her meds, please keep it stocked! Also, if anyone is wondering - this pill is crushable. My dog detects any tiny piece of medicine in a treat or food. I crush each pill up to a powder in her wet food and she eats it all up and has no idea!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Compounding this med

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    This medication is, indeed, a life-saver for many dogs in congestive heart failure. My little Cavalier would eat ANYTHING I gave her in homemade almond butter, except the chewable form of this. She HATED it. I was lucky in that I could get the non-chewable version from Canada, which my dog took readily, but many don't have that choice. HOWEVER, there are several compounding pharmacies in the US that will make up a liquid, flavored, version of the active ingredient in this product, Pimobendan. Perhaps Chewy's pharmacists could look into doing the same? Thank you for considering this.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Over priced and out of stock

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    Since heart conditions are more common in large dogs, requiring larger dosages, I'm shocked that the company stops making the 10mg pill. This is simple price gouging, making me buy twice as many pills.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Concerned Owner

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    These are great but they always see to be out of the dosage needed.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Lifesaver but outrageously expensive

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    We go through 20mg per day, so one bottle of 50 5mg tablets lasts 12.5 days. They used to make 10mg tablets that were more cost effective, but you can't find them any longer. I hate to think of people and their pets that can't afford $167 a month for this. It does work like a miracle for congestive heart failure,though.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Critical information

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    After seeing a post about a pet owner giving this med wrapped in ham, I realize some of you may have had the same poor information from your vet as I did. No dog should be eating any food with sodium or a sugar (most end with -ose) in it, especially processed food. However, it is lfe threatening for a dog with congestive heart failure or dilated myocardial dilation. Heart meds work partly by drawinbg sodium from the body. It is harmful to put it back! Months of research led me to a very few dog foods or treats that do not have any (or only small amounts) of these. Chewy has a few choices. Wellness Simple Lamb and Oatmeal is what we feed our little patient. Purebites freeze dried, Beggar Dog biscuits After seeing a post about a pet owner giving this med wrapped in ham, I realize some of you may have had the same poor information from your vet as I did. No dog should be eating any food with sodium or a sugar (most end with -ose) in it, especially processed food. However, it is lfe threatening for a dog with congestive heart failure or dilated myocardial dilation. Heart meds work partly by drawinbg sodium from the body. It is harmful to put it back! Months of research led me to a very few dog foods or treats that do not have any (or only small amounts) of these. Chewy has a few choices. Wellness Simple Lamb and Oatmeal is what we feed our little patient. Purebites freeze dried, Beggar Dog biscuits and unseasoned jerkiy are safe treats. Supplements containing Lysine, L-carnitine and arginine and riboflavin, and fish oil are very important. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Hardly available

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    This is a life-sustaining medication for our beloved Japanese Chin. Chewy's reasonable price vs what our vet charges has made it more economically feasible for those of us who have a limited income, but would do just about anything to keep our fur friends healthy and with us longer. In all other respects, Chewy has been our #1 source for pet supplies, but it is very dismaying to need the meds, check this site and read (REPEATEDLY) "Temporarily Out of Stock." I have other sites bookmarked; more expensive than Chewy; but my dog will die if he doesn't get his Vetmedin. I really wish Chewy would find a better supplier or maintain enough of an inventory to keep up with demand.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Really helped my dog

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    before starting this medication my older dachshund was coughing and on 2 occasions passed out from not being able to breath. After starting this hes back to his old self and far more comfortable. I just wish this product wasn't so hard to get.

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