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Can you give Vetmedin to cats?

Can you give Vetmedin to cats?

It is approved for use in the United States for dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF) caused by either dilated cardiomyopathy or mitral valve disease, but it is not licensed for use in cats and is considered controversial.

What does Vetmedin do for animals?

Pimobendan (brand name: Vetmedin®) is a heart medication used to treat dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF), usually caused by either dilated cardiomyopathy or valvular insufficiency.

What happens if a dog accidentally takes Vetmedin?

As these are chewable tablets, pets may accidentally ingest large, toxic amounts. Poisoning can result in inappetance, lethargy, an elevated heart rate, collapse, low blood pressure, weakness, etc. Accidental ingestion should be treated immediately.

Why is Vetmedin given an hour before food?

Vetmedin must be given on an empty stomach, hence the hour before feeding (i would not feed even 2 hours before personally). This is to ensure the measured dose is broken down and metabolised in the correct time frame. If given with food, after food, or fed too early after taking, then the drug will not work properly.

How many pills are in a bottle of Vetmedin?

Vetmedin’s scored pills come in 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. Each bottle comes with 50 counts of pills. Note: Vetmedin can come in chewable tablets, hard capsules, or liquid suspension. What are the potential side effects of which you should be aware?

What are the side effects of Vetmedin in dogs?

Vetmedin is available in chewable tablets, in two sizes: 1.25 mg and 5 mg. Typically, the medication is administered every 12 hours, ideally one hour before mealtime. Vomiting is a rare side effect of the drug; diarrhea and loss of appetite may occur.

Where can I get Vetmedin for my Dog?

Vetmedin is a prescription drug. It is only available from reputable pharmacies, such as Allivet, or from your veterinarian’s office. Allivet carries Vetmedin in strengths of 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg strengths. Your veterinarian will determine the strength required to treat your pet’s condition.

When to give Vetmedin chewable tablets to dogs?

Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM – 4:00PM EST for consultation. Use as directed by your veterinarian. Vetmedin chewable tablets should be given to your dog on an empty stomach, twice a day – ideally in the morning and at night (about 12 hours apart).

Are there chewable tablets of Vetmedin for dogs?

Pimobendan, Vetmedin’s active ingredient, reduces stress on the heart while increasing cardiac output, without raising oxygen or energy consumption. Vetmedin helps dogs engage in the daily activities they enjoy. These chewable tablets have a wag-worthy beef flavor and are available in four convenient dosing sizes (1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg).

How does Vetmedin work on your dog’s heart?

Vetmedin works through two complementary modes of action; it opens up the blood vessels taking blood to and away from the heart, which lowers the pressure on the heart and reduces the work it has to do to pump blood around your dog’s body. At the same time, Vetmedin has a direct effect on the heart muscle,…

Are there any local pharmacies that offer Vetmedin?

Local vet pharmacies do NOT offer this medication although the manufacturer says it is readily available! Great for canine heart issues. They were the cheapest I found. They were easy to find on the website, easy to order and free delivery

Can you keep Walmart customers informed about the status of Vetmedin?

Can Walmart keep the customers who are in need of this med informed of status? Four years ago we thought our BELLA with Congestive Heart Failure related a leaky heart valve was going to die. She was prescribed VETMEDIN along with Benazapril and a diuretic.