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Vetmedin - pimobendan for Dogs - 1.25-mg (50 chew tablets) - [Congestive Heart Failure] Video

Vetmedin - pimobendan for Dogs - 1.25-mg (50 chew tablets) - [Congestive Heart Failure]

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Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets for Dogs are a prescription medication used to manage congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs, specifically due to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD). These tablets contain pimobendan, which acts as a positive inotrope and vasodilator, helping the heart pump more efficiently and reducing the workload on the heart.

Vetmedin (pimobendan) Chewable Tablets are a prescription medication used to manage the symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs. These chewable tablets contain pimobendan, which is a positive inotrope and vasodilator that helps improve the heart's ability to pump blood and reduce the workload on the heart.

Key Features

  • Contains pimobendan: A positive inotrope and vasodilator that improves heart function.
  • Manages congestive heart failure: Used to manage symptoms of CHF in dogs.
  • Chewable tablets: Easy to administer orally, with or without food.
  • Available in different strengths: Suitable for dogs of different sizes.
  • Prescription medication: Requires a prescription from a veterinarian.
  • Part of comprehensive treatment: Typically used with other medications to manage CHF in dogs.

How It Works:

Vetmedin (pimobendan) works by increasing the strength of the heart muscle contractions and by dilating blood vessels. This dual action helps improve the heart's ability to pump blood, which is particularly beneficial in dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF).

  1. Positive Inotropy: Vetmedin enhances the contractility of the heart muscle, allowing it to pump blood more effectively. This helps improve the overall function of the heart, which is crucial in managing CHF.
  2. Vasodilation: By dilating blood vessels, Vetmedin reduces the resistance against which the heart must pump, thereby reducing the workload on the heart. This helps improve blood flow and reduces the pressure in the heart chambers, further aiding in the management of CHF.

By improving the heart's function and reducing its workload, Vetmedin helps alleviate the symptoms of CHF and improves the quality of life for dogs with this condition.


Vetmedin is indicated for the management of the signs of mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure in dogs due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).


  • Brand: Vetmedin
  • Active Ingredient: Pimobendan
  • Type: Chewable Tablets
  • Indicated For: Management of congestive heart failure in dogs
  • Dosage Form: Chewable tablet
  • Strength: Various strengths available

NDC 0010-4480-01 (1.25 mg / 50 tablets)


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View Vetmedin product label

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you.

Dosage and Administration

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.

Quick Tips

  • Vetmedin is a prescription medication used in dogs to increase the ability of the heart to pump blood.
  • Vetmedin is used for the management of mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy.

Dosage Table

Pet Dosage
Dogs over 6 months 0.23 mg / pound of body weight then divided into 2 portions to be given 12 hours apart. The portion to be given should be to the nearest ½ tablet increment

Storage Directions

Store at 20° - 25°C (68° - 77°F), excursions permitted between 15° and 30°C(between 59° and 86°F). Keep away from moisture and light.


In a laboratory study, the palatability of Vetmedin was evaluated in 20 adult female Beagle dogs offered doses twice daily for 14 days. Ninety percent (18 of 20 dogs) voluntarily consumed more than 70% of the 28 tablets offered. Including two dogs that consumed only 4 and 7% of the tablets offered, the average voluntary consumption was 84.2%.


Vetmedin should not be given in cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other clinical condition where an augmentation of cardiac output is inappropriate for functional or anatomical reasons.


Only for use in dogs with clinical evidence of heart failure. At 3 and 5 times the recommended dosage, administered over a 6-month period of time, pimobendan caused an exaggerated hemodynamic response in the normal dog heart, which was associated with cardiac pathology

Human Warnings

Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of reach of children. Consult a physician in case of accidental ingestion by humans.

Possible Side Effects

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Vetmedin and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, coma.

Continue giving Vetmedin and contact your veterinarian if your dog develops; poor appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, incoordination, fainting, accumulation of fluid in the lungs or abdomen, and cough. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your dog.


Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Vetmedin overdose that may occur include; loss of appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea, labored breathing, weakness, incoordination, fainting, accumulation of fluid in the lungs or abdomen, and cough.
Vetmedin is not for use in humans. Do not give this medication if your dog is allergic to it. Do not give to animals with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other condition where an increase in cardiac output is not recommended. Do not give this medication to dogs less than 6 months of age. Do not give this medication to pregnant or lactating animals.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog is also being given verapamil (Isoptin, Calan, Verelan), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur), and pentoxiphylline (Trental). Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines, including vitamins and minerals.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog has any congenital heart defects, diabetes, or other serious metabolic diseases. Tell your veterinarian if your dog is pregnant or lactating.


Review Summary
191 Reviews
84% (160)
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97% Recommend this product (186 of 191 responses)
By Sam N.
Pinetop, AZ
Vetmedin is helping us manage our older dachshund's heart condition
September 8, 2021
Vetmedin is very helpful to our older dachshund who has a heart condition. Entirely Pets Pharmacy provides the medication at a reasonable price and in a timely manner.
By Kym A.
Ease of filling pet prescriptions
June 25, 2024
This pharmacy has been a blessing to me when my senior dog needed medication for the first time. It is so easy to send prescription and select medication for him and the shipping is fast. Best choice I have made for his meds.
By John
Folsom cal.
Works great
June 2, 2024
Since taking this med for over six months now. Our dogs heart is healthier according to our vet.
  • Good med. It comes in flavored pill form which our dog loves..
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  • A little expensive.
By Greg
Basehor, Ks.
The cost
May 20, 2024
This product is expensive.
By k s.
lebanon or
May 7, 2024
By juana d.
Kelller TX
Playtime again
April 24, 2024
The change in my 8year old pet has been radical. He is bouncing again like a puppy. He is not winded after play.

I am very surprised how much this medication has helped my pet be himself again. Never realized how uncomfortable or possibly in pain he might have been in.

I am very happy that our Vet prescribed this medication and will continue to use it, to provide the quality of life my pet deserves.

By Dianne N.
Palm Springs, CA
Vetmedin prescribed for my dog
April 20, 2024
I notice my dog's overall well being has improved after being placed on Vetmedin.
By Diane
Union Pier, MI
Great discounts and fast service
April 18, 2024
EPP works with my vet to fill the RX and ship to me
By Hanoi
April 9, 2024
Work as supposed to work
Scottsdale, AZ
Saved my dog's life
April 6, 2024
My beagle-mix has pulmonary hypertension. She is on both Sildefanil and Vetmedin. Prior to the meds, she was having fainting spells and heavy wheezing. A few days after she started taking the meds, we noticed that she was no longer randomly fainting and rarely has the wheezing spells. She does have to take both meds two times a day, but it is worth it. Bonus points for making the meds chewable and tasty to dogs.
By Carolyn
Vetmedin Helps
March 24, 2024
My dog has been on Vetmedin for a couple of years now for a significant heart murmur and I believe it is what keeps her going strong
By Greg
Basehor Kansas
They are easy to split.
March 20, 2024
My dog takes 1/2 tablet twice a day. The pills need to be broken in half. They break easily.
By barbara
Per my Vet, I am giving my dog one tablet each day for his heart
March 11, 2024
my Vet stated I must give this to my dog because he has a bad heart

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By Joan
Vetmedin 5 mg
February 7, 2024
This company is great! I looked at several different companies that were providing the same drug for my dog (she has heart disease) and decided to go with entirely pets because they had the best price. My dog has been on this drug for a month now and I have already noticed a change. I've ordered with them over the past couple of months and will continue to order through them. You reach customer service right away and they ship their product out same day or the next day.
  • Product ships right away!
By Dan
Pollock Pines , California
Vetmedin Purchase
February 5, 2024
Was easy to order , except for getting ahold of vet for authorization. A quick call to Entirelypets straightened things out quickly , was nice to talk to a person instead of a automated answering system . She helped me tremendously and the meds were here in two days !
  • Meds are less than 1/2 price than at the Vets office .
  • Would be nice if there was a way to set up a custom auto shipping time instead of 30 days . 50 pills last me 50 days , as it is I will have to put a hold on this item every 2 months . Would be easier not to have to do that .
By Tom
Skaneateles, NY
Awesome prices
December 30, 2023
Best prices and reliable service
By Holly
Raleigh, NC
Has kept my senior dog alive….
December 22, 2023
….for the last 2.75 years. He was diagnosed with CHF in March, 2021 and given at most 2 years to live. He is still with us in December 2023 and is doing as well as one can expect of a 17 year old dog. We put the pill in a little peanut butter and he laps it right up.
  • Easy to give, easy to break in half if needed.
  • Expensive, although cheaper at EntirelyPetsPharmacy than at the vet.
By Kendra
North Carolina
As Advertised
October 11, 2023
This Vetmedin is exactly what I was getting from my veterinarian, but I save about $20 per month by purchasing it on EntirelyPets Pharmacy. And I don't have to drive 25 minutes across town to pick it up. I'm so grateful this site exists.
By Jackie
friendly professional helpful
October 2, 2023
friendly professional helpful
By mick c.
bremerton wa
monthly service
September 26, 2023
So convenient. I don't have to do anything except pick up the regular mail.
  • The shipping alert lets me know when it will arrive at my address which is reassuring.
By Cesar
Too expensive everywhere
September 22, 2023
Great item but way to expensive everywhere
By 4maggie
Waiting for generic…
September 15, 2023
This med is necessary but it’s expensive. Thankfully there is a slight discount with auto-ship. Mostly good experience except for a couple occasions of long ship time.
By Shanna
Alexandria, LA
Much cheaper than vet's office
September 13, 2023
So glad I found this website. My dog's meds are half the price than at the vet's office.
By mick c.
prescription Refill
August 27, 2023
My first time using this site. Not only saved a lot of money-service was great. Thanks so much.
  • I filled out the app and they took care of vet contact (2x) and kept me updated on each step. They also included sample of supplementary snack for my dog's heart condition. He really enjoyed them and I will order those as well.
By Mike
Staff was great
August 11, 2023
First time I ordered and the staff memeber helping me over the phone was friendly and professional. I don’t know what the process is if getting a canine rx is but I was updated constantly on the process. Signed up for monthly as delivery as well. Don’t know how to rate an rx but their price was the best and my dog is still kicking
By Shari
Great Price
August 10, 2023
Easy to order, price is great!
  • The price is fantastic!!!
  • It took a little longer to arrive than I expected, though. Hopefully, that will change now that the prescription is on site.
By Doddie
Good price
July 23, 2023
Good price Good price Good price
By Susan
North Richland Hills, TX
Works very well for my dog.
June 6, 2023
this med has made a dramatic improvement in my dogs energy. Entirely Pets Pharmacy is the only place I'll get my pet meds from now on, their service and prices are exemplary!
By Julie
Martinsville Indiana
June 5, 2023
Exactly what my vet prescribed.
  • Came just in time for when I needed it even though it was back ordered
By Terra
Portola, CA
WORST company I've ever dealt with!!!!!
May 22, 2023
DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE!!!!! They have NO customer service and are impossible to reach if you have a problem. Auto-ship deliveries will be sent ignoring any emails or phone calls you may send to try and reach their support department. I even went so far as to contact my vet and instructed them to decline the prescription request sent by Entirely Pets and they shipped my scheduled delivery anyway - without a valid authorization! STAY FAR FAR AWAY from this company!!!!!
  • Absolutely NONE

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