Pimobendan, also known by its brand name Vetmedin, is a popular heart medication for dogs. The medication functions in two ways; enables dilation of blood vessels by offering certain vasodilatory properties and increasingly contracts the heart. Vetmedin is used for congestive heart failure treatments in dogs. It is available in 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg and as a chewable tablet. However, because it is produced in chewable tablets, there might be accidental ingestion in large and toxic amounts by dogs. Toxic ingestion in dogs can cause collapsing, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, lethargy, loss of appetite and weakness. Any time you notice these, then your pet should receive immediate treatment. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of vetmedin poisoning in dogs.

Symptoms of Vetmedin Poisoning in Dogs

The symptoms might not be immediately visible in your dog, however, be on the lookout for clinical signs like stomach upset, and weakness as they might be considered as symptoms of other illnesses. In addition, always check your dog’s medication, it is likely the pack containing the pills has been chewed or scattered on the floor. If you have noticed these symptoms in your dog, it is important that you reach out to a veterinarian or take your pet to the nearest pet clinic or hospital. The following are some common symptoms of Vetmedin poisoning:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Collapse
  • Cough
  • Coughing
  • Dark sticky stool (melena)
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated heart rate

Treatment of Vetmedin Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment is administered for vetmedin poisoning to induce vomiting, in which case your veterinarian will use activated charcoal to bind the medication to ensure safe removal. However, situations where the vetmedin is chronic and has caused damage to the organs will determine the type of treatment that would be needed. Always follow your vet’s instructions to properly administer medication to your pup. Lock away all medication and other harmful substances so your dog cannot get to them. If you have any questions or concerns regarding poisoning, call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 and your veterinarian to get the right advice and care.