Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/24/2014 -- Pimobendan (Vetmedin®) is a cardiac drug for dogs that increases the heart muscles ability to pump blood and benefits can be seen within seven days of being on the drug. It works by directly improving the heart muscle’s ability to contract and it opens up blood vessels which decreases pressure as the heart pumps blood into the lungs and rest of the body. Dogs with heart issues live longer and have a better quality of life on the drug. Specific heart conditions that may lead a veterinarian to prescribe pimobendan is congestive heart failure because of mitral valve insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy which makes the heart work harder to pump blood.
It has been prescribed to cats off-label but it should not be used in them or any animal if they have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a cardiac condition where the heart muscle gets thicker making it harder to fill with blood. It can cause arrhythmias.Etogesic Side effects include a decreased appetite, trouble breathing, incoordination, weakness and increased levels of nitrogen compounds that should be filtered out by the kidneys.
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