Vetmedin will help your dog with congestive heart failure to feel better and improve his and her quality and quantity of life. What is Vetmedin? Vetmedin is a veterinary inodilator that works to dilate veins and arteries and increase cardiac output in order to decrease the workload of the dog's failing heart. Formulated for: Dogs. Safety studies have not been performed in dogs that are under 6 months. How is this medication given? It is usually recommended to give Vetmedin by mouth twice daily or every twelve hours. However, you should always follow your veterinarians exact instructions. Try to give this medication one hour before meals if possible. How does this medication work? Vetmedin is an inodilator that works in two ways. It dilates veins and arteries which decrease the work that the heart needs to do in order to pump blood. This medication also directly increases cardiac output which further helps the heart to do its job. What results can I expect? Vetmedin can help relieve the symptoms associated with certain types of heart failure. It may take a few weeks to see outward improvement in your dog. This medication will not sure heart disease but will help to increase your dogs comfort and length of life in some cases. What Form(s) does Vetmedin come in? This medication is a tablet that is flavored and chewable. Uses: Vetmedin is used to treat dogs (older than 6 months) with mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy. Generic Name: Pimobendan (drug name) Common brand name: Vetmedin (Boehringer Ingelheim) Dose and Administration: Vetmedin is typically used twice daily or every twelve hours but your veterinarian will determine the exact dosage for your dog. Do not stop the medication or decrease the dose unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. Vetmedin can be broken in half if necessary. Drug and Food Interactions: Always tell your veterinarian if your dog is taking any other medications, including vitamins and supplements before starting Vetmedin. Drug interactions may occur with verapamil, propranolol, theophylline, and pentoxifylline. This medication should not be decreased or discontinued unless instructed by your veterinarian. Size: 2.5 mg.
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