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Vetmedin (Pimobendan)

Vetmedin (Pimobendan) Chewable Tablets for Dogs

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Vetmedin is used to manage certain types of congestive heart failure. It differs from other commonly used heart drugs because it helps the heart pump more efficiently.


Vetmedin (pimobendan) is indicated 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). Vetmedin is indicated for use with concurrent therapy for congestive heart failure (e.g., furosemide, etc.) as appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

Key Benefits

  • Helps dogs suffering from congestive heart disease
  • Shown to increase quality and length of life in dogs
  • Increases the ability of the heart to pump blood
  • Comes in delicious beef-flavored chewable tablets

How It Works

Vetmedin opens up the blood vessels that take blood away from the heart, effectively reducing work the heart does to pump blood. At the same time, Vetmedin opens up the blood vessels returning blood to the heart, reducing pressure on the heart.


The safety of Vetmedin has not been established in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by etiologies other than AVVI or DCM. The safe use of Vetmedin has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs with congenital heart defects, dogs with diabetes mellitus or other serious metabolic diseases, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating bitches.

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

NDC 0010-4481-01 (2.5 mg / 50 tablets)

NDC 0010-4482-01 (5 mg / 50 tablets)

NDC 0010-4479-01 (10 mg / 50 tablets)

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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

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 tablet increment

Storage Directions

Store at 20 - 25C (68 - 77F), excursions permitted between 15 and 30C(between 59 and 86F). 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
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99% Recommend this product (68 of 69 responses)
By Shannon A.
Cheaper than the vet
July 2, 2020
Same medicine that you get from your vet, but a lot cheaper.
By Charlie's m.
Milford, MI
best pricing
June 27, 2020
This store sells this medication at the best price and they always have a coupon to use + Rakuten points too! My vet charges about $12 more ($93). Last time I used a 15% coupon and got Rakuten credit so my total was $67. Best deal!!
Merchant Response:We aim to give the best prices anywhere. Thanks!
By Otto
Montrose, NY
Good Price
June 25, 2020
Item was backordered but was delivered by the promised date.
By Lori
Great price
March 14, 2020
Great price! Prompt delivery!
By Caroline B.
Terrifc service
March 12, 2020
Incredibly easy to order through this site and the delivery time was very fast. Great follow-up to ensure item delivery and satisfaction. Prices are among the lowest for this particular medication. I just set-up auto delivery .. very pleased with this pharmacy.
By Beverly V.
Great Experience
February 23, 2020
Quick shipping. Item as described. Will use again to order my pets meds.
By Sharon R.
February 14, 2020
Just what I ordered.
By Wendy
Timely service
February 13, 2020
I was impressed with how quickly they got approval from my vet for the prescription and shipped it to me.
By Irene B.
Lumberton New Jersey
Excellent prices
February 4, 2020
This is the best price for vetmedin that I have ever found!
ProsGreat people to deal with
By Judy G.
So glad they had this
January 31, 2020
My dog has CHF, and has been on this pill for a while. I have been having a hard time finding it and of course the Vet office sells it for double the price. I was so happy that Entirely Pets had this in stock...with a great price..
Thank You
By Tonya
New York
January 26, 2020
I€™ll order again!
By Keri
Great item
January 12, 2020
Easy to buy
ProsProcess was easy
ConsProcess to buy was easy - just wished someone from the company reached out to me when they could not get ahold of my vet. I entered my information wrong and no one notified me it was wrong. Other than that it’s a good place to buy meds
By Kashi's m.
December 22, 2019
Arrived in a timely manner and was a decent price.
New Hampshire
Wonder drug
December 13, 2019
Has made such a difference in our dogs health and vitality. A Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
By Margaret W.
Great Price, quick delivery
December 12, 2019
My dog has been on this medication for two years, so I'm always looking for the best price. They had the best offer and delivered the medication quickly. Ordering was easy. Will use again.
By Judy
Keeping Teddy alive
November 17, 2019
Great product...keeping those dogs with heart issues alive and well.
By Danielle
Louisville, OH
Saved my dog's life
October 21, 2019
Wonderful heart medication that improves the quality of your dog's life. High cost but worth it.
ProsPills easy to half for smaller dogs Works wonders GREAT PRICING vs other online stores / vets
ConsTablets are rather large High Demand occasionally can go out of stock No alternative medications
By Bob
October 12, 2019
My vet says it has already helped my dogs heart murmur.
By Theresa
Waterford, Michigan
keeping my dog alive
September 3, 2019
Vetmedin is keeping my dog alive. She has a heart issue and as soon as she started taking Vetmedin, she improved.
By Kenneth
NY - New York
July 25, 2019
this product is helping my dog enormously. It lessens the strain on her 12 year old heart.
By dj
Lake St Louis, MO
July 25, 2019
I am very blessed this product is available for my baby gurl; Entirely Pets is always good about keeping me posted on this product & all my orders - whether is has been shipped, delivered or on back order & their promptness in responding to my wuestikns- very professional.

I know this is for a product review - which is amazing as it has shrunk my little gurl's enlarged heart - which is a very good thing - however, I did also want to sing praises to this company - Thank You!!!
By Donna
You guys are great.....
May 20, 2019
My doberman was diagnosed with CHF on May 16th. I ordered this "much needed" product on May 17th and received it on Monday, May 20th. Thank you for getting this to me so quick. You may have just saved my dog's life.
By Cheryl S.
Great Value
March 31, 2019
Great pricing to begin with and then with the discount for auto delivery, really made this medication more affordable.
By yelitza e.
Good service
March 29, 2019
Very satisfied with the service of providing medication for my pet dog.
By Rafael A.
Cheaper than in PetSmart
March 29, 2019
Dr. recommended and Gigi is a little better
By Kathy
First time ordering from Entirely Pets
March 29, 2019
Great place to order from! Shipped medicine fast.
ProsMy 14 year old dog has been on this medicine now for over a year. It seems to be helping him and he has never had an issue with it.
By Kristina
Heart meds
March 28, 2019
There was a nationwide shortage for this drug so it was in back order a few months. Entirely Pets kept in touch with me and let me know when it was going to be available. I appreciated them replying so quickly to my emails! I also appreciated that they could offer a lower price than my vet had been offering and was glad when it became available so my doggy didn';t have to go without this important medication to keep his heart beating properly. My pup is 13 years old and still acts like a puppy so this medication is extending his life by keeping him from going into congestive heart failure. His arrhythmia is at the worst of the worst stage so the meds are working nicely. Worth every penny to us! Thanks!!
By Barbara
New York
Hard to get item
March 27, 2019
This product was very hard to get on all sites. Got off to a rough start with this site but in the end they performed wonderfully. I certainly will use them again. They were courteous even when I wasn't, provided the best information they had and did deliver the product once it was available.
By Vicki H.
They had it in stock
March 24, 2019
This site was easy to use and they said they had it in stock and they did. I appreciated that
By Gunner
March 17, 2019
Excellent service, but do not like that post office leaves item on door step.