Vetmedin Chewable Tablets For Dogs
A vet prescribes Vetmedin to treat congestive heart failure in dogs originating from either Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) or Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). Vetmedin Chewable Tablets can also be used to treat asymptomatic MVD. When given to dogs with enlarged hearts, Vetmedin capsules can delay congestive heart failure and prolong life expectancy.
Vetmedin tablets work to open up the blood vessels to the heart, help to pump blood around the body more easily and strengthen and improve the pumping action. The chewable tablets should be usually given twice a day on an empty stomach (an hour before food) at the dose advised by your vet. The Vetmedin capsules are scored making it easy to split them in half if necessary and you should start seeing the effects within 1-2 weeks.
You can order Vetmedin 5mg capsules and Vetmedin 10mg capsules from Vetscriptions at a saving of 40%. Vetmedin is a prescription-only veterinary medicine (POM-V) and can only be purchased with a prescription from your vet. You can download a Vetscription prescription form here and must upload the prescription when adding Vetmedin to your shopping cart.
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
Similarly to their owners, dogs can suffer from Congestive Heart Failure for many reasons. It often stems from heart disease, but some dogs are born with heart defects or heart murmurs, which can worsen with old age, injury or infection, leading to heart disease.
Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
There are several symptoms of heart problems such as mitral valve disease (MVD) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) that could act as early warning signs of congestive heart failure.
- A change in breathing or seeming to struggle with exercise
- Coughing, particularly during or after exercise
- Tiring more quickly than usual
- Pacing or struggling to settle in an evening
- Signs of advanced heart problems and heart failure include fainting due to low cardiac output, swollen belly and weight loss.
Other Uses for Vetmedin Chewable Tablets
When used in valvular insufficiency cases in conjunction with frusemide, Vetmedin has been shown to improve the quality of life and extend life expectancy in treated dogs.
When used in a limited number of cases of dilated cardiomyopathy in conjunction with frusemide, enalapril and digoxin, Vetmedin tablets have been shown to improve the quality of life and to extend life expectancy in treated dogs.
To find details on all veterinary medicinal products currently authorised in the UK, please see the VMD's Product Information Database.
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION: this is a Veterinary Prescription Only Medicine (POM-V), which can only be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon, but may be dispensed by another veterinary surgeon or pharmacist.
You can download a Vetscriptions Prescription form here.