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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.

  • 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
    51 Reviews
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    98% Recommend this product (50 of 51 responses)
    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.
    By Ram
    Palm Desert, CA
    Fast Service
    March 4, 2019
    This was a very easy transaction...... very fast and the price was fair.
    By Grace D.
    February 28, 2019
    good price
    By Barbara
    Pensacola FL
    Vetmedin chewables 5mg
    February 25, 2019
    Received order in a timely manner. Price was a lot cheaper than what my vet charges. Customer service was great. I highly recommend using them for your pet prescription needs.
    ProsPrice, speed of delivery, customer service
    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!