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Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets for Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

Veterinarians prescribe Vetmedin for dogs with congestive heart failure. This medication is effective for many dogs because is helps the heart work more efficiently which eases the workload on the heart muscle and may help the dog live longer and have a better quality of life.

  • Treats mild or moderate congestive heart failure in dogs
  • Helps the heart pump blood more efficiently
  • May lengthen life span
  • Chewable tablets for easy dosing
  • New 2.5mg and 10mg tablet sizes now available

 

Vetmedin is different than many congestive heart failure medications because it works in two ways to reduce stress on the heart muscle and improve its ability to pump blood. Prescription Vetmedin dilates the blood vessels that move blood away from the heart and it also strengthens contractions in the heart muscle.  The active ingredient in Vetmedin is Pimobendan.  Many dogs that are suffering from congestive heart failure and take Vetmedin experience improved quality of life and greater longevity. Vetmedin is available in convenient chewable tablets.

 

What you should know about Vetmedin:

  • Talk to your veterinarian before using this product.
  • Follow dosing directions exactly - don’t give your pet more medication than directed and don’t skip doses.
  • Read the label carefully for information about storage, possible side effects, and drug interactions.

For additional information about Vetmedin, click the “More Information” and “Package Insert” tabs above. 

You can find a Client Information Sheet which provides a summary of information about Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets for Dogs by following the link below:

Pimobendan Client Information Sheet*

If you have questions or concerns about Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets, or conditions related to its use, contact your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist.

 

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You can find a package insert which provides more detailed information on Vetmedin's indications, forms of administration, and side effects, along with other clinical information, by following the link below:

Vetmedin Package Insert

Vetmedin's package insert does not take the place of instructions from your veterinarian. Talk to your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist if you do not understand the information provided in this document or if you have any questions about Vetmedin chewable tablets used to strengthen your pet's heart.

 

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  • Q:

    My dog weighs nine pounds what size of heart murmur medication is right?
    Asked on 6/3/2015 by Cheryla

    1 answer

    • A:

      The dosing recommendations for Vetmedin are 0.5 mg/kg daily in two divided doses according to our resources. Following these guidelines, an expected dose would be approximately one-half to one 1.25mg tablet twice daily. However, these guidelines do not replace the recommendations from your veterinarian. See your veterinarian for dosing Vetmedin in your dog.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    what does the 1.25 chewable tablet look like i.e. what is the color and the numbers?
    Asked on 1/16/2015 by fRANKLIN

    1 answer

    • A:

      It looks like those are orange in color and the numbers on it are P01.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 1/19/2015 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    IS VETMEDIN AND ENAPRIL THE SAME THING?
    Asked on 12/2/2014 by LANI from Los Angeles County, CA, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Lani,

      Both of these are heart medications but they have different active ingredients which makes them different. We suggest to consult with your veterinarian to see which medication would be best for your pet.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 12/3/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    Can vetmedin be used with selegiline without interaction?
    Asked on 9/11/2014 by angelsmommy from North Carolina, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Selegiline does not have a reported interaction with Vetmedin (pimobendan), but also is not one of the specific medications labeled as safe to use with Vetmedin either. Due to this lack of information, it would be important to speak with your pet’s veterinarian before using these medications together in order to weigh out risk versus benefit and determine the safety and appropriateness of adding this medication.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 9/17/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    My dog takes the 5 mg pill twice a day. Can I buy the 10 mg and break it in half for 5 mg dosage?
    Asked on 8/31/2014 by PatSC from Greenville, SC, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Yes, the pills are scored and should be able to be split easily.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 9/3/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    My dog is a silky terrier and is 16lbs. What is the dosing supposed to be
    Asked on 7/12/2014 by Susanb from NC, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      At 16 pounds your dog will most likely require a total of 3 tablets per day divided into two portions and administered 12 hours apart. Your veterinarian will determine the appropriate dose for your pet when considering the severity of disease and pet’s health.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 7/17/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    My dog keeps clearing his throut it is a deep like cough
    Asked on 2/11/2014 by flonart from Merrill Wisconsin

    1 answer

    • A:

      We recommend that your dog see the veterinarian. The veterinarian can determine the cause of the cough and the appropriate course of treatment, if treatment is necessary.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 2/12/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    Am currently giving 9 lb. Chihuahua 0.75 ml of liquid Pimbendan(spelling on bottle) every 12 hours. If I were to get the chewables, how would I give the same dosage?
    Asked on 12/12/2013 by Darla

    1 answer

    • A:

      Darla,

      Without knowing the strength of the liquid you are giving (how many milligrams per milliliter) it would be impossible to say which tablet would be the same dose.  Vetmedin, the brand name for pimobenda tablets, comes in 1.25mg and 5mg tablets.  As it is a prescription medication, it would require approval from your dog's veterinarian to dispense the tablets.

      Thank you,

      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 12/12/2013 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    can vetmedin be used for a dog who is taking furosemide and elapril for heartworms?
    Asked on 10/31/2013 by Betty

    1 answer

    • A:

      Betty,

      Vetmedin is commonly used with enalapril and furosemide in dogs for treating heart conditions such as heart failure.  Monitor for side effects such as decreased appetite, lethargy, and diarrhea.  It is ideal to give the Vetmedin approximately 1 hour prior to feeding.

      Thank you,

      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 11/1/2013 by VetRxDirect
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Great Medication.

My Chihuahua was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy 18 months ago. With Vetmedin, Enalapril, & Lasix, she would not be annoying me at 2:30 in the morning, wanting to be petted....Read complete review

My Chihuahua was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy 18 months ago. With Vetmedin, Enalapril, & Lasix, she would not be annoying me at 2:30 in the morning, wanting to be petted. And I would not change that for anything. The little one has been with me since January 2003. Love her, and am so very grateful for her Vet in diagnosing with ECHO he cardiac failure.

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Bought the tablets for our small 11 year old dog who suffered a mild heart attack on July 8 2014, My husband and I give the tablets a large amount of credit for how...Read complete review

Bought the tablets for our small 11 year old dog who suffered a mild heart attack on July 8 2014, My husband and I give the tablets a large amount of credit for how well our doggie has recuperated.

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5.0

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5.0

Chihuahua dog's Enlarged Heart better

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Chihuahua Skeeter enlarged Heart helped by this medicine

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5.0

My Chi's heart problem is not apparent anymore

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from Tucson, AZ

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  • She takes it easily as a treat. IT WORKS!

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  • NONE!!

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    Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

    My six pound Chi, who is six years old, developed heart failure. I'm familiar to the symptoms, so I got her to the vet right away. The vet prescribed three meds. I first declined this one because out of the vets office it was pricey. So I went back for a follow-up​ and filled the Vetmedin. Within two days, my little girls was a brand new dog. Thank you for saving my dog.

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    5.0

    Saved her life

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    Pros

    • tasty right out of the bottle like a treat

    Cons

    • Careful of spills. Danger if dog eats a spilled

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      Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

      Great that they don't​ have to be hidden in a treat. My dog loves them.

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      5.0

      Definitely buy again

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      from Kansas City, MO

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          • Heart disease

          Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

          My baby takes this 2x daily for a heart murmur and enlarged heart. It has helped a lot.

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          This medicine is for my cat who has heart failure.

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          Expensive but seems to help Skeeter

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          5.0

          Easy Split

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          from Ill

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          Easy to split and very reasonable

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          5.0

          FedEx shipping because this drug is temperature sensitive.

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          from Maryland

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          Pros

          • Life extending with the use of Diuretics.

          Cons

          • Fasting 1-2 hours before dose and 1 hour after

          Best Uses

          • Congestive Heart Failure

          Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

          Vetmedin is not absorbed properly unless it is given on an empty stomach. Old supply from Boehringer Ingelheim made in Germany said to give 1-2 hours after a meal, and 1 hour before food. My last 28 bottles have been made in Mexico, and the insert does not address this. Fast your dog for best assimilation of Vetmedin.

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          5.0

          YUM!!! ANOTHER TREAT

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          from Ill

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          Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

          Our Mini Schnauzer, seems to think it is her "TREAT"

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