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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So I just learned today from my husband that we have 5 months extra of this med autoshipped to us in stockpile and talked to the vet and she said that is only way they can dispense them and chewy shipped like crazy. Expensive med worth it works great has helped our dog extend their life and quality of life so love med but chewy way of dispensing them per month is crazy. And they only give you option to skip one month or cancel so I had to cancel. I hope my dog with serious kidney and heart lives 5 more months to take the meds we have stockpiled. Chewy shouldn't prey on us when they know we are just worried about our pets and they can sneak in extras on autoship and you won't notice. I recommend med but not on autoship.
Pepper and Ella both need this med for their hearts. It does the job for both. The delivery was not great though. The package was not left inside the porch as requested, but it was left outside. I did not find it on the delivery day, but 2 days later. Don't know why this happened. Chewy orders had always been left in the porch before this.
I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Stage 2 heart failure. She's almost 13 years old and an ideal weight. She gets half a tablet twice a day. Cons: -It's expensive -The tablet doesn't like to split in perfect halves. I'm careful to always use the second half of the tablet next, to balance the dose. -It's medicine, not magic. It hasn't made her valve work better; it's made her heart pump stronger. Pros: Within a week of her beginning on this med, Flora began to have so much more energy! She started being awake when I came home from work and woke up more quickly and easily. She was perkier and would walk longer. It's like she's a year younger -- still a senior dog, but one with plenty of life left. So it may be a medicine, but it's also been like magic. :) Other note: I've been giving her VetriScience cardio supplements since she was three years old, feed her a good diet, and exercise her daily. I think these elements massively contributed to her not getting a heart murmur until she was 11 years old. I knew it was almost inevitable in a Cavalier. Now, I'm just glad Vetmedin exists.
I'm a ER/ICU nurse and had a gut feeling about my pup. I had a previous pup that went critical and my current pup looks exactly like him. My pup didn't have any symptoms of heart failure but this medication had made him act like a puppy again! He is running around and barking more. It's literally night and day! If you are worried about it, just try it! Trust me, it's worth the price!
My Trinity has had some major medical issues, I came to Chewy on my pharmacist suggestion and I was very upset when her life saving meds were not delivered when they were supposed to. After a call to Chewy telling them how dier the situation was, I received her meds the next day.
I want to thank Chewy for being as affordable and professional as they are. I have a 13 year old chihuahua female, who was diagnosed with a double heart murmur last year. The vet that I took her to charges $185 for 30 pills, me being a college student and only knowing so much I thought that was the only way. I looked into chewy and they had the order pushed early because my vet took super long to approve the order! I want to thank chewy for being affordable, professional, and above all a great outlet for young adults trying to take care of their pets. Thank you chewy!
my dog took this exacgt med that was bought from my vet no problem.. I get chewy's in, same everything and my dog got diarhea and she refused to take it as is, in pill pockets, nor crushed in food.. - i buy another bottle from my vet she is taking it and poo is normal.
When your pet is also your baby it is comforting to know that Chewy cares about them as much as you do! Having my prescriptions on autopilot make this such a blessing as it is one less thing you need to remember. Highly recommend Autoship for all those special furry babies in our family.
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.
He has an enlarged heart and murmur.. He will be 17 in March. Chewy is the most wonderful place.. . They are so kind and passionate. When we need them they are right there for us. Thank you chewy staff!!! Your the best!!!