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Vetmedin is recommended by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) for dogs with CHF at the onset of clinical signs. ACVIM guidelines advocate pimobendan as part of standard of care for CHF. Don’t wait to add Vetmedin to your standard protocol for CHF. Vetmedin has been shown to increase the length and quality of life in dogs with CHF.
Vetmedin should not be given in case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other clinical condition where an augmentation of cardiac output is inappropriate for functional or anatomical reasons. The safety of Vetmedin has not been established in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease or in heart failure caused by etiologies other than atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy. The safe use of Vetmedin has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs with congenital heart defects, dogs with diabetes mellitus or other serious metabolic diseases, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating bitches. Use only in dogs with clinical evidence of heart failure. The most common side effects reported in field studies were poor appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, dyspnea, azotemia, weakness, and ataxia. If side effects should occur, pet owners should contact their veterinarian. Please refer to the Full Prescribing Information here.