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                        ****  10mg Vetmedin will not be available until mid 2019 as stated by the manufacturer.***




Vetmedin® Chewable Tablets

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 General Description:

Pimobendan is a cardiac drug used to treat dogs with congestive heart failure. Pimobendan helps strengthen the heart's muscular contractions and dilates the blood vessels. Pimobendan is offered as oblong, half-scored chewable tablets in two sizes (1.25 mg and 5 mg).

 What is this drug?
  • A cardiac drug (inodilator) given by mouth
  • Pimobendan opens the blood vessels that take blood away from the heart, thereby reducing the work the heart does to pump blood. Pimobendan also opens the blood vessels which return blood to the heart, reducing pressure on the heart
  • Often used in conjunction with other drugs
 Reasons for prescribing:
  • Used to manage the signs of mild, moderate or severe congestive heart failure in dogs 6 months of age or older due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Increases the ability of the heart to pump blood more efficiently
 What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
  • Pets with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other condition where an increase in cardiac output is not recommended
  • Safety has not been evaluated in dogs less than 6 months of age, those with congenital heart defects, dogs with diabetes or other serious metabolic diseases, dogs used for breeding or pregnant or nursing dogs
  • Synthetic beef flavor is actually derived from pork. Use with caution in pets allergic to pork
  • If your pet has had an allergic reaction to pimobendan or like products

Read and follow the label carefully.

Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. The dose should be divided into two portions and given 12 hours apart.

Ideally, give the medication at the same time(s) daily.

May be used in an acute situation or used long-term.

Give this medication for as long as veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.

Baseline blood work to assess your pet's health before starting this drug is recommended. Periodic blood work to monitor its effect is also advised if long-term therapy is necessary. Dose adjustments will be made based upon the results and an assessment of how your dog is responding clinically.

Call ahead for refills.

 What if a dose is missed?

If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.

 What to tell/ask veterinarian before giving medication?

Talk to your veterinarian about:

  • When will your pet need to be rechecked
  • What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
  • What are the risks and benefits of using this drug

Tell your veterinarian about:

  • If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
  • If your pet has any congenital heart defects
  • If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
  • All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
  • If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
 Storage and Warnings:

Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.

Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Pimobendan is not for use in humans. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.

 Potential side effects:
  • Continue giving the medication but contact your veterinarian if your pet develops: decreased appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, incoordination, behavior changes (anxiety, convulsions), excessive thirst and urination, and/or rapid heartbeat, fainting, accumulation of fluid in the lungs or abdomen, and/or a cough
  • May increase the development of arrhythmias
  • Stop giving the medication and contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet has an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swollen lips/tongue/face), experiences scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums and/or coma
 Can this drug be given with other drugs?
  • Treatment of congestive heart failure usually requires concurrent use of multiple medications. Pimobendan has been found to be safe for use with many cardiac drugs, including angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, diuretics and digoxin.
  • Possible interactions may occur with other positive inotropes, theophylline, pentoxyphylline, and drugs that are highly protein bound
  • Using beta-blockers (ex. propranolol) or calcium channel blockers (ex. verapamil) may decrease the effects of pimobendan
  • If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian.

Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet eats more than the prescribed amount.

 What else should I know?

Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.

As with all prescribed medicines, pimobendan should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.

 This is just a summary of information about pimobendan. If you have any questions or concerns about pimobendan or the condition it was prescribed for, contact your veterinarian.


Common Drug Name

Common Brand Names
Vetmedin (veterinary form)
No generic products are available.

Store at room temperature in a tight, light resistant, childproof container.

Pimobendan is a medication that increases the ability of the heart to pump blood. It is used for the management of the signs of mild, moderate, or severe (modified NYHA Class II, III, or IV) congestive heart failure in dogs due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Dose and Administration
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Pimobendan should be given by mouth.  Unless otherwise recommended by your veterinarian, the total daily dose should be divided into 2 portions. The portions should be administered 12 hours apart (i.e., morning and evening).  The tablets are scored and dosage should be provided to the nearest half tablet increment.  
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give 2 doses at once.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.

Possible Side Effects
Potential side effects include poor appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, incoordination, fainting, accumulation of fluid in the lungs or abdomen, and cough. Sudden death may also occur.  Consult your veterinarian if you notice any of the above side effects.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to pimobendan.
Pimobendan should not be given to animals with hypertrophic cardiomyo­pathy, aortic stenosis, or any other clinical condition where increased cardiac output is inappropriate.
The safety of the drug has not been evaluated in breeding, pregnant or lactating animals (female animals nursing their young). If the mother is receiving pimobendan, consider placing the offspring on milk replacer after they have received the colostrum (first milk immediately after birth).
Use with extreme caution in animals prone to cardiac arrhythmias. 
The safety of pimobendan has not been determined in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by conditions other than AVVI or DCM.
The safety of pimobendan has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 6 months of age, or in dogs with congenital heart defects, diabetes mellitus, or other serious metabolic diseases. 
Consult with your veterinarian regarding the physical examinations and laboratory testing necessary prior to and during treatment with pimobendan.

Drug, Food and Test Interactions
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements your pet is taking while your pet is receiving pimobendan.
Consult with your veterinarian before using pimobendan with verapamil, propranolol, theophylline, and pentoxifylline, since interactions may occur.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose
May see the same signs as those listed under ?Possible Side Effects?. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

This information may not cover all possible uses, directions, side effects, precautions, allergic reactions, drug interactions, or withdrawal times.  Always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.


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