Vetmedin is a prescribed FDA Approved 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. Given every 12 hours, the unique dual action of Vetmedin dilates the blood vessels carrying blood to and from the heart—reducing the preload and afterload on the heart—while simultaneously improving contractility of the heart muscle. Pimobendan, Vetmedin’s active ingredient, reduces stress on the heart while increasing cardiac output, without raising oxygen or energy consumption. Vetmedin helps dogs engage in the daily activities they enjoy. These chewable tablets have a wag-worthy beef flavor and are available in four convenient dosing sizes (1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg).
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A few months ago, my dog collapsed. I thought she was having a seizure because she was spasming a bit, but it only lasted about 30 seconds, and she was back on her feet within a couple of minutes. She'd been diagnosed with a stage 3 heart murmur a few weeks prior, but the vet didn't think she needed to start her on medication at that time. I wish I had pushed for it, but nobody had expected Maggie to decline as rapidly as she had. When I took her back to the vet, her heart murmur had progressed to stage 5, possibly 6, and she was started on Vetmedin, Enalapril, and Lasix (Furosemide), with an injection of Lasix at the vet's. She has not collapsed since we started her medications. She has her energy back and her breathing has slowed back down to normal. She's back to being herself and I can tell she feels so much better. She looks forward to pill time and comes to beg when it's almost time, but that might just be because she really likes Pill Pockets. The only thing I dislike about this medication is that it comes in bottles of 50, and we go through 45 pills a month. I wish I could just order 45 pills, rather than slowly building an excess each month. Eventually I'll have enough saved to be able to skip a month, but it's kind of annoying. I imagine this is even worse for people who use 60 a month, so a bottle only lasts 25 days.
Our little Yorkshire/Maltese crossbreed dog (aged 9) was diagnosed with degenerate valve disease, Stage 2, six months ago. We live in a town, population 15,000. We decided to take her to the University Veterinary Medical Center in our state's largest city. She was seen, had her echocardiogram, and was put on Pimobendan. In a month or so, she appeared nervous, restless, was panting a lot and our small town local vet said to discontinue the drug. After a couple of months, and learning that pimobendan was the ONLY drug out there to keep her disease from progressing into "congestive heart failure", we took her to another cardiologist for a second opinion. She also confirmed that pimonbendan was worth a second try. Said it was a really good drug. She told us not to give her anything else while re-starting her on this drug (to make sure). It's been two weeks now and she's doing better on the drug than off the drug. She seems much better. Pimobendan helps the heart to contract and beat stronger ... and make up for the leaking heart valve. Pets are meant to be on it indefinitely. As symptoms progress, as they will with a degenerative disease, the vets will add additional drugs to help her. This is what I was told. We give the Pimobendan to her at the same time each day. 7 AM and 7 PM. We cut the pill into fourths, and offer it in a tiny bit of wet food. We wait about an hour and feed her. In the evening, she eats her supper first... and we wait a couple of hours and then she gets her pimobendan (again with a bit of wet food). The cardiologist said that every once in awhile we could stretch the 12 hour dosing to 14 hour dosing if something came up. But we try to stick to the schedule. It appears she is tolerating it. I have read that it gives dogs about two years of time ... before most (but not all) will progress into CHF stage.
I initially got this 2.5 mg dose filled at another pharmacy, and they provided a large, hard 7.5 mg tablet, with scoring to mark 1/3 divisions. Impossible to snap, and difficult to cut due to it being large and chunky. And a pill cutter was useless due to the odd 1/3 divisions. These are much nicer - no splitting, and chewable. An awfully big tablet, though, for the small dose. The only improvement would be a less bulky tablet to carry the low dose. I just drop the thing in with his dog food, and he happily munches it down.
I was referred by my Vet's receptionist of your delivery service. I ordered the prescribed Vetmedin for my sweet little 17 yo terrier. It has been a sad and trying time with her cardiomyopathy diagnosis and the syncope that she is having. Having the quick delivery service at such a great price through Chewy has really been such a blessing to me. Thank you Chewy!
I have an elderly chihuahua who is my best friend and always feel like he’s my ‘child’ in a way. He currently has heart disease. But he’s thriving and in no pain from it. The pill’s size is an average large sized tablet that is chewable. My chihuahua isn’t a teacup but he’s just a little larger than one, and I give him the pill whole and he’s fine. I used to cut it in two but one day I decided to just try the pill whole. As a parent, you know your child so I knew my dog could perhaps handle it and he did. So now I give it to him whole inside a soft treat and he chews it without issue. I say this in case your dog is small and maybe your cutting it in two to avoid choking, but my little chihuahua chews it ok and it’s kinda cute watching him chew it too lol Remember it’s a chewable tablet, so your dog isn’t tasked with crushing a hard pill. It’ll break up easily upon contact with the salivary glands.
This was my first order from the Chewy pharmacy. My vet doesn't carry this medicine, so she recommended Chewy. I had no problems ordering; Chewy contacted my vet for her authorization, packaged was shipped (Chewy keeps you updated as to the status of your order) and arrived -in good condition- within a couple days. This medication is pricey (understandable), but so totally worth it. Cuupers, my 13+ year old cat, was recently diagnosed with heart disease; the med is necessary for his heart health, and it's helping him feel so much better. If I need to order a vet med online again, I will definately come to Chewy,
The meds I order from Chewy are considerably less expensive than ordering them from my local vet. So that's a plus. But mostly, I have encountered the most helpful and friendly people in the Chewy pharmacy!
My dog is taking it for an enlarged heart. He was coughing quite frequently, but since starting the medication, he hasnt coughed as much. Not sure, but what the heck!! Plus Henry seems to not mind taking the med.
SweetPea has had a heart murmur since birth with out complications until recently at 12 years old. Our vet put him on this medicine and he is better than ever. It is a pricy medicine but it works and he takes it with out having to put it into a pill pocket.
This "precious" medication has done wonders for my 15 year old girl with a significant heart murmur, enlarged heart and arteries. She has gone from listless and hiding back to frisky and "taking charge" of our home! Worth every penny...