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 a prescription from your veterinarian. It comes in chewable tablets and your vet will provide the proper instructions on how to administer Vetmedin to your dog.  

Why Use Vetmedin? 

Congestive heart failure is the result of a weak circulatory system. The circulatory system is responsible for circulating blood and nutrients throughout your dog’s body. The main ingredient in Vetmedin is pimobendan. Vetmedin strengthens the heart muscle so that it can support the circulatory system. Furthermore, pimobendan decreases blood pressure to alleviate any stress from the heart.

Potential Side Effects of Vetmedin  

All medications come with potential side effects. Vetmedin is a commonly used medication and your veterinarian, or Pet Poison Helpline®, will be able to answer any of your questions or concerns. There are potential side effects of using Vetmedin and they can include: 

  • Allergic reactions 
  • Difficulty walking  
  • Lethargy 
  • Weakness 
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure) 
  • Diarrhea 

Treatment for Vetmedin Overdose  

It is possible for your dog to overdose on Vetmedin, but to avoid an overdose, it is key to always follow the prescription’s directions. The treatment for a Vetmedin overdose depends on the exhibited clinical signs. IV fluids may be used to address dehydration or diarrhea. Your vet will notify you of the correct treatment once you reach the clinic. Dogs are sneaky, so securing the bottle away from your dog so they cannot access it is important. Be aware if your dog is exhibiting any of the above symptoms or is simply not acting like themselves. Always consult your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® about the medication to avoid any dangerous situations.