Vetmedin (Pimobendan)
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Vetmedin (Pimobendan)

Vetmedin (Pimobendan)

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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.

  • Helps pets suffering from congestive heart disease
  • Shown to increase quality and length of life in pets
  • Increases the ability of the heart to pump blood

  • 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.

    Prescription Required


    Dosage & Administration: 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. Unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian, the total daily dose should be divided into 2 portions to be given 12 hours apart. The portion to be given should be to the nearest 1/2 tablet increment. Store Vetedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

  • 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.

  • Tip: Vetmedin is available as beef-flavored chewable tablets.
    Pet Weight Dosage
    (over 6 months of age)
    All weights The usual dose is 0.23mg per pound of pet’s body weight divided into 2 portions to be given 12 hours apart. The portion to be given should be to the nearest ½ tablet increment
    Cats: X X
    Horses: X X
    Storage: Store Vetmedin at room temperature away from moisture and light.

    What happens if I miss giving a dose: 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.

    What happens if I overdose the pet: 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.

    What should I avoid while giving Vetmedin: Vetmedin is not for use in humans. Do not give this medication to animals 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.

    Possible side effects of Vetmedin: 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 pet 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 the pet.

    What other medications will affect Vetmedin: Tell your veterinarian if your pet 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.

    What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Vetmedin to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has any congenital heart defects, diabetes, or other serious metabolic disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

    Cautions: If serious side effects or allergic reactions occur, stop giving Vetmedin and seek emergency veterinary medical attention.


    Review Summary
    36 Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (36 of 36 responses)
    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 Lori
    poplar grove,il
    January 3, 2019
    Great product
    By Terri
    Simi Valley, CA
    Great Service
    October 17, 2018
    When it was first determined that my 6 1/2 year old Australian Cattle dog needed this medication, I of course purchased it immediately. The first order was not that bad (under $100), but on the second order the vet hospital was charging almost 3 times more!!! Being on a fixed income, I was anxious to find something lower. I really hadn't thought about purchasing any RX online. My vet's nurses suggested it and I am so glad she did. I have been purchasing it now for 4 years and could not be happier! The pharmacy staff is so friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help at all times. particularly when I didn't leave enough time to ship!!! Thank all of you.
    ProsHave seen a definite improvement in my dog.
    ConsNo cons.
    By Cindi
    Northern California
    Nice people, Quick Service!
    August 28, 2018
    Seamless Rx transfer from my local veterinarian to your website, Will use again definitely, Thank you!
    By Kayoko
    Hampton, VA
    Ordered medications
    August 22, 2018
    Fast and smooth transaction. Received without any problems. Very good customer service.
    Merchant Response:Thank you for the kind words Kayoko. Wishing you and your pet the best.
    ProsFast and smooth transaction. Received without any problems. Very good customer service.
    By Bluff H.
    Long Beach, CA
    Excellent Medication
    August 9, 2018
    This medication has been a great treatment for our dog's enlarged heart. Since he has been on this medication, he has more energy and has almost stopped his coughing/gagging from the enlarged heart. So far, his condition has not changed....

    Merchant Response:Hi Bluff, thank you for your feedback and it's great to hear the Vetmedin works so well for your dog!
    By Monica
    St.Louis, Mo
    Wonderful Product!
    July 19, 2018
    I just found out my mind year old mini Schneider has congestive heart failure so his Doctor put him on this with a couple other meds. I can really see a difference! This pill is chewable and my dog takes them with no problem. It was really expensive through the vet pharmacy so I googled online and found Entirely pets Pharmacy with great reviews for half the price! It wasn't hard at all to order online! I will continue to use them.
    Merchant Response:Hello Monica, thank you for your comment and we are happy to hear the Vetmedin is working well for your dog!
    By Sandra C.
    Springfield VA
    Excelent price and delivery time
    July 8, 2018
    By Lynn S.
    Excellent and super convenient experience
    June 22, 2018
    Just found you guys and will now use you for all of my pets needs. I rescued an old dog (11) who had been abused and has a heart
    condition. Your pricing is works well with my budget and you were fast and efficient. You also dealt directly with my vet. I didn't have to do anything.

    Thank you,
    ProsPricing Product availability Handled everything.
    By Barbara
    ft laud fl
    dog meds
    June 17, 2018
    the prescription med was great, as I expected
    By Ally
    Miami, FL
    Best price!
    May 31, 2018
    My pup needs this med for her heart. Entirely Pets had beat the price of all others at the time I ordered it and I received it in the mail in a timely manner. Thanks.
    By Sharon
    Tustin, CA
    Saved my dog's life!
    April 18, 2018
    So grateful for this medicine.
    By Melanie B.
    Naples, FL
    This drug has really helped!
    March 25, 2018
    Our peek-a-poo was born with a murder that has gotten very bad over her lifetime. Vetmedin has helped give her a long, quality life. She's turning 16 yrs old in less than a month!
    By Wende
    March 18, 2018
    Thanks for getting this to me so quickly.
    By Patty
    For congestive heart failure
    October 28, 2017
    Entirely Pets Pharmacy is very cooperative. Received my items in good condition.
    Merchant Response:Glad we could help Patty, let us know when you're ready to refill your pets meds and we will get them right out to you!
    By Kathy
    June 17, 2017
    Easy to give to dogs since it is a chewable tablet .
    By Kelly
    Austin, Texas
    Great online pharmacy
    January 22, 2017
    I recently learned that my dog has a heart condition and was struggling to pay for the associated medications. The costs for online were dramatically less and now she's getting the medications she needs to be healthy. Thank you!
    By Wendy
    Ohio - USA
    I'm completely Satisfied
    January 21, 2017
    ~Lowest price that I could find on several medications for my dog ..
    ~Very helpful Phone customer service people..
    ~Fast transaction --( once my vet signed and faxed back the needed paperwork) ~~which is REALLY appreciated --
    ProsPrice Speedy shipping
    ConsNone so far
    By Donna
    Great heart pill
    October 2, 2016
    I ordered this as prescribed by our vet. She seems much more comfortable with her heart condition and I could not believe the price difference at Entirely Pet Pharmacy.
    By Mike
    Great Product!
    September 5, 2016
    Vetmedin has made my 13 years old dog's quality of life much better. She is definitely more active and alert, than she has been for years. This drug is a Godsent. Thanks!
    ProsThis is a Miracle drug for my dog!
    By cindy
    taken without fuss
    July 29, 2016
    no complications or side effects, gentle on stomach .. my yorkie is 12y and doing well with this med
    By Deannie
    Washington State
    Great pharmacy service and cost savings.
    June 17, 2016
    Pharmacy personnel very helpful. Speedy delivery.
    By Karen B.
    May 24, 2016
    My 10-year old King Charles Cavalier has been in heart failure for almost 2-years. I've been ordering from Entirely Pets (he takes 4 medications) for almost all that time and their prices are competitive and their products are always received in a timely fashion!
    By Kelcey
    Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    Timely and Effective
    April 9, 2016
    Great service with timely delivery.
    By Vicki
    Great service
    December 18, 2015
    I'm very happy with the purchase of Vetmedin. It was delivered quickly and was less expensive than the vet was charging.
    By April
    Great Service
    October 16, 2015
    I like the fact that this item, the same item at a vet hospital, Entirely Pets Pharmacy is way much cheaper. It runs anywhere between $80 to over $100. Price at EPP $43.85. its bad enough your pet is sick then you take your baby to the vet and they charge ridiculous amounts for this and that. You want to help your pet and then they charge an outrageous amount for medicine. EPP also delivered on time. I am very happy with the service. EPP, keep up the good work.
    By Terri
    Bloomington, IL
    Priced right.....
    October 2, 2015
    I am thankful that this is available at a decent price. If I only had the option of getting this from my vet I probably could not afford it.. I have seen improvement in my dog since he began this drug.
    By Lisette B.
    Came as expected right on time.
    September 17, 2015
    Will definitely use them again for future pet prescription needs.