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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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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      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

Give on Empty Stomach - an hour before feeding!

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        Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

        For some reason, not all veterinarians prescribe with the proper instructions for the tablets (and it's not mentioned on this site either). Vetmedin should be given on an empty stomach - One hour before feeding, or two hours after a meal. You can search online "Vetmedin empty stomach" and find more information. Otherwise it is also on the manufacturer's site: http://www.boehringer-ingelheim.ca/en/animal_health1/small_animal_products1/vetmedin.html

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        Recommended for my Cat

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              My kitty has unclassified restrictive cardiomyopathy. I've been told by an esteemed cardiologist that us Vetmedin in a cat with this particular condition *can* be a miracle drug. We are 5 months since his CHF, and 2 months since the echo and current medication regimen of Vetmedin, Benazepril, furosemide, and Plavix. How to know if it's all working? No idea unless I had an ultrasound setup here at home (I wish). If your cat is on aspirin instead of plavix (clopidrogrel), *please* research - you will switch to plavixl!

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              5.0

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              Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

              My cat has survived cardiomyopathy going on 2 1/2 years now and doing very well. I attribute it to Pimobendan and other heart meds.

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              5.0

              Wonderful product

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              Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

              We started our sweet Kylee on this 18 months ago and she has improved/maintained so much.

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              5.0

              Great deal

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              from New Jersey, USA

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              Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

              I've shopped around for this medication and once again Vetrxdirect had the best price. I need to purchase quite a lot of medication for my 3 older dogs and it can be very expensive. I know I get great prices and I trust the medication. Also shipment is very fast. I would highly recommend Vetrxdirect

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              5.0

              Great service and cheaper than local vet

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              from Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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              Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

              This medicine is keeping my dog to live longer. Vediamin has kept my dog living longer than anticipated. Thank you!

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              from San Diego, CA, USA

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              I truly feel this has been a miracle drug for my dog Greta. She has cardiovascular disease and wasn't expected to still be here for her birthday, her birthday was over a month ago (6mo since she has started taking this, making her 11yrs old now). She is still her happy self!

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              5.0

              Great service & customer support!

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              Comments about Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets:

              We received excellent, prompt service, and appreciated the personal phone call regarding my questions. We will definitely continue to use this service and highly recommend to our friends. Getting Monty, our Standard Poodle, to take his meds is easy when we put then in Greenie's Pill Pockets.

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              This will make my life much easier and less expensive.

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              great product

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              Buy product every 50 days very satisfied with results. Our Aussie is still alive after a year.

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