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Congestive Heart Failure Medication for Dogs

Vetmedin for dogs contains pimobendan which is an inodilator that is used to treat certain types of mild, moderate, and severe congestive heart failure. Vetmedin makes your dog's heart pump blood more efficiently by increasing its ability to contract and by widening the blood vessels around the heart. Vetmedin is available in two dosing strengths 1.25 mg and 5 mg in quantities of 50 chewable tablets.

Vetmedin is used to treat congestive heart failure of varying severity from atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. It boosts blood flow and eases stress on the heart muscle.

Benefits of Vetmedin:

  • Enhances the quality of life for dogs with congestive heart failure
  • Lengthens the life expectancy of dogs with congestive heart failure
  • Improves blood flow to and from the heart
  • Alleviates stress on the heart
  • Beef-flavored chewable tablets provide convenient, easy application
  • Unique approach to treating congestive in heart failure in dogs

For Use In: Dogs. The safety of pimobendan has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 6 months of age.

This product is only for dogs 6 weeks of age and older. It is not for use in humans, cats, or other animals. Only give Vetmedin to the dog to which it was prescribed.

Keep out of reach of children. Do not allow children to administer Vetmedin. Review directions and precautionary statements before use.

Vetmedin is available in doses of 1.25 or 5 mg of pimobendan. Bottles contain 50 tablets. The medication is delivered in oblong, beef-flavored chewable tablets scored for easy halving.

Standard dosing is 0.23 mg per lb. of body weight.

Directions:

  1. Use Vetmedin exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  2. Break chewable tablet in half at the center score mark.
  3. Hand-feed 1/2 of the tablet to your dog in the morning.
  4. Administer the other half of the tablet 12 hours later in the same manner.
  5. Watch your dog to make sure the tablet is consumed.

Frequency of Use:

Standard dosing is 1/2 tablet twice daily, 12 hours apart.

Administer a missed dose as soon as you remember it, unless it is almost time for the subsequent dose. In such cases, skip the missed dose. Never double up a dose of Vetmedin.

Storage:

Keep Vetmedin in its original container and out of reach of children and animals.

Store Vetmedin at room temperature (between 59 and 86 degrees F) in a dark, dry place.

It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.

Vetmedin contains one active ingredient: pimobendan. This vasodilator expands the blood vessels ushering blood to and from the heart and helps the heart contract more readily. This medication helps with certain types of mild, moderate, and severe congestive heart failure in dogs.

Vetmedin is only available by prescription from your veterinarian.

Active Ingredients: pimobendan

Warnings:

Keep this product out of reach of children and animals. Do not use or store in or near open flame or heat.

Petmedin (pimobendan) is intended only for dogs over 6 weeks of age that have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure resulting from atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Its safety has not been established in dogs with congestive heart failure from other causes. Do not give Vetmedin to dogs that have any condition with which increased blood flow may pose serious risks.

Do not exceed prescribed dosage.

CAUTION: Do not give Vetmedin to dogs with aortic stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or other conditions with which increased blood flow may be dangerous.

Allergic reactions to Vetmedin (pimobendan) are possible. Signs include hives, scratching, facial swelling, difficulty breathing, sudden vomiting or diarrhea, pale gums, seizures, shock, and coma. If you suspect an allergic reaction, get your dog immediate veterinary attention.

More common side effects of Vetmedin include diarrhea, diminished appetite, difficulty breathing, cough, drowsiness, weakness, loss of coordination, fainting, and buildup of fluid in the lungs or abdomen. If you notice side effects, contact your veterinarian but do not discontinue use of the medication unless instructed to do so.

Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any other medications or supplements. Make sure your veterinarian know if your pet is also taking theophylline, verapamil, pentoxiphylline, or propranolol.

The safety of Vetmedin (pimobendan) has not been established in dogs with congenital heart defects, dogs with serious metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, pregnant or lactating dogs, and dogs used for breeding.

In case of human ingestion, call your doctor or a poison control center immediately for treatment instructions. Have product label in your possession when calling and seeking treatment.

To report possible adverse reactions to Vetmedin, to receive a Material Safety Data Sheet, or for technical assistance call 1-866-638-2226.

Warranty and Manufacturer Information:

Seller makes no warranty, expressed or implied, concerning the use of this product other than indicated on the label. Buyer assumes all risk of use and handling of this material when such use and handling are contrary to label instructions.

Manufactured by: MEDA Manufacturing GmbH, Cologne, Germany

Manufactured for: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., St. Joseph, MO 64506 U.S.A.

1-866-638-2226

Vetmedin is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH licensed to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

© 2007 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. or an affiliated company. All Rights Reserved.

Code 448011, 448211

T5002044/USA/2

NAC No.: 10281662

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