VETMEDIN (pimobendan) is the only FDA-approved inodilator that helps extend the life expectancy and improves quality of life in dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF). 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. With early diagnosis and treatment of clinical signs, you can significantly prolong and improve your dog’s quality of life. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about VETMEDIN for dogs to determine the proper regimen for your pet.
Why use Vetmedin Chewable Tablets?
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 to use Vetmedin Chewable Tablets?
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.
How do Vetmedin Chewable Tablets work?
Vetmedin works through two complementary modes of action; it opens up the blood vessels taking blood to and away from the heart, which lowers the pressure on the heart and reduces the work it has to do to pump blood around your dog's body. At the same time, Vetmedin has a direct effect on the heart muscle, helping it beat stronger and pump blood more efficiently.
How are Vetmedin Chewable Tablets sold?
Vetmedin Chewable Tablets are available in strengths of:
You can purchase in bottles of 50.
What special precautions are there when using Vetmedin Chewable Tablets?
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 are the side effects of Vetmedin Chewable Tablets?
Possible side effects may include diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia or lethargy.
What to do in case of overdose?
In case of overdose, contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.
How to store Vetmedin Chewable Tablets?
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F), excursions permitted between 15° and 30°C (between 59° and 86°F).