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Vetmedin for dogs


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Active ingredient




What is Vetmedin?

Vetmedin is a brand name for the medication pimobendan. It belongs to a class of drugs called inodilators. These drugs are designed to help the heart function more efficiently. It is used to treat congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs.

What does Vetmedin do?

Vetmedin is specifically designed to treat heart conditions, particularly congestive heart failure (CHF) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Pimobendan works by enhancing the heart’s ability to pump blood. It does this by:

  • Increasing Contractions: Vetmedin strengthens the contractions of the heart muscle, improving its pumping efficiency.
  • Dilating Blood Vessels: The medication also dilates blood vessels, reducing the workload on the heart and improving blood flow.

What is Vetmedin for?

Vetmedin is primarily used to manage heart conditions in dogs, including:

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF): Helps alleviate symptoms such as difficulty breathing and lethargy.
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Supports heart function in dogs with this condition.

What are the possible side effects of Vetmedin?

While generally well-tolerated, Vetmedin may have side effects, including:

  • Loss of Appetite: Some dogs may experience a temporary loss of interest in food.
  • Weakness: Dogs may exhibit weakness, especially during the initial stages of treatment.
  • Coughing: Coughing may occur, but it should be reported to the veterinarian if persistent.
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea: Some dogs may experience mild digestive upset.
  • Lethargy: Some dogs experience sleepiness and decreased energy levels.

How to give Vetmedin safely

  • Follow vet instructions: Always use Vetmedin exactly as your vet has prescribed. This includes the right dose and frequency. Never adjust the dose on your own, even if your dog or cat seems to be feeling better or worse. If you aren’t sure of the dose prescribed, please call your vet to confirm.
  • Give Vetmedin on an empty stomach: Aim for about 60 minutes before feeding to ensure optimal absorption.
  • Check with your vet if giving anything else: Your vet should be aware of other drugs your pet is on, but it’s always worth double-checking in case there’s been a miscommunication somewhere. If your dog is on supplements or non-prescription treatments you should also tell your vet when they prescribe Vetmedin, as they may not be suitable to be given together.
  • Storage and Handling: Store Vetmedin according to the instructions on the label, usually in a cool and dry place. Make sure it’s out of reach of children and other pets.
  • Report any accidental overdose to your vet immediately: If you have mistakenly given too much Vetmedin, report it to your vet as soon as you realise the error. An overdose can have serious complications. Emergency treatment is often necessary depending on the severity of the overdose.

Vetmedin FAQs

Does Vetmedin work immediately?

Vetmedin does not start working immediately. Vetmedin starts working approximately 1-2 hours after administration, reaching its peak effect in about 6-8 hours. Noticeable improvements in your dog’s symptoms may take several days or even weeks.

Can Vetmedin be crushed or split?

It’s important never to crush or split Vetmedin tablets or capsules. You may affect the accuracy of the dosing by crushing or splitting the tablets leading to an under or overdose. It is not recommended to crush or split any tablets without consulting your veterinarian first.

How long does it take for Vetmedin to work?

Vetmedin can take several days to weeks to show visible effects. Noticeable changes in your dog’s symptoms usually appear within this timeframe. Owners often report better exercise tolerance, increased energy, and improved breathing.

Can Vetmedin be used in cats?

Can Vetmedin be used in cats? Vetmedin is not currently approved for use in cats. It is specifically formulated for use in dogs.

Vetmedin Datasheet

All drugs have a manufacturer’s datasheet, which gives information about the drug’s use and possible side effects. There is usually one in your Vetmedin box, but if you have lost it you can click on the button below to be taken on an online version.

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Please note that the information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only. Although it has been written by a vet, we cannot consider the individual nature of your pet’s problems so it does not constitute veterinary advice. If you have questions about your pet’s medication or their health you should contact a vet, who will be able to help.

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