Vetmedin is a veterinary medication that has been approved by the FDA for dogs with congestive heart failure. Your dog’s lifespan may be extended with the help of Vetmedin. Vetmedin cannot be purchased over-the-counter and is only available through prescription from your veterinarian. It comes in chewable tablets. Your vet will provide the correct instructions on how to administer Vetmedin.

How Does Vetmedin Help Dogs?

Dogs with congestive heart failure may have weak circulatory systems that results in not enough blood being circulated in your dog’s body. Blood is required to be circulated to carry nutrients and oxygen to your dog’s muscles and organs. The main ingredient in Vetmedin is Pimobendan. Pimobendan decreases blood pressure and strengthens the heart muscle so it can pump more efficiently. Clinical signs of congestive heart failure include fatigue, coughing or wheezing, and water retention. 

Potential Side Effects of Vetmedin 

Ask your vet or Pet Poison Helpline®, at (855) 764-7661 if you have any questions before starting Vetmedin, especially if your dog takes any other medications. There are potential side effects of using Vetmedin and they can include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Staggering
  • Lethargy
  • Cough 
  • Diarrhea 

Generally, dogs can tolerate this medication very well. This medication is used in a lot of vet clinics and there should be no worries if your dog is prescribed this medication and administered properly. 

Vetmedin Overdose 

Avoid medication overdoses by closely following your vet’s instructions but accidents can happen. Let’s say your dog knocks over the medication bottle and thinks it is a snack instead of their medication. To avoid a scary situation like this, secure your dog’s medications away where they cannot access it. If your dog is not acting like themselves or you have concerns, reach out to your vet or Pet Poison Helpline®. They will be able to help you and answer any of your questions.