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Common Uses: Pimobendan is a cardiac drug used to treat dogs with congestive heart failure. Pimobendan helps strengthen the heart's muscular contractions and dilates the blood vessels. Pimobendan is offered as oblong, half-scored chewable tablets in two sizes (1.25 mg and 5 mg).
What dogs/cats should not take this medication? Pets with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or any other condition where an increase in cardiac output is not recommended. Safety has not been evaluated in dogs less than 6 months of age, those with congenital heart defects, dogs with diabetes or other serious metabolic diseases, dogs used for breeding or pregnant or nursing dogs. Synthetic beef flavor is actually derived from pork. Use with caution in pets allergic to pork. If your pet has had an allergic reaction to pimobendan or like products.
Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Pimobendan is not for use in humans. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
Read and follow the label carefully. Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. The dose should be divided into two portions and given 12 hours apart. Ideally, give the medication at the same time(s) daily. May be used in an acute situation or used long-term. Give this medication for as long as veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian. Baseline blood work to assess your pet's health before starting this drug is recommended. Periodic blood work to monitor its effect is also advised if long-term therapy is necessary. Dose adjustments will be made based upon the results and an assessment of how your dog is responding clinically. Call ahead for refills.
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