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Vetmedin is a pet medication which can open up the main blood vessels to the heart to reduce blood pressure and is commonly used to treat heart failure in dogs. It can also make the heart work more efficiently and clinical studies indicate that this can increase life expectancy. Dogs may need to take this medication for the rest of their lives, though improvements can usually be seen in a few days. Vetmedin medication is available in different strengths for different sized animals and is in the form of chewable tablets — making it is easy to administer.
Vetmedin is used mostly in dogs with defective heart valves (valvular insufficiency or regurgitation, often as a result of nodular endocardiosis). If the valves in the heart fail to operate properly, blood flows back when the valves are supposed to be closed, making the heart less efficient as a pump. This also makes a whooshing sound in the heart, called a heart murmur, which vets can hear using a stethoscope. Vetmedin acts on the muscle of the heart and of blood vessel walls, helping the heart to beat more efficiently.
Vetmedin is also used to treat heart problems where the muscle has become stretched and weak (dilated cardiomyopathy). The heart muscle can contract more powerfully, improving circulation to the body tissues. This medication can be used on its own, but usually one or more other drugs are used to add to increase the beneficial effects.
Vetmedin is not suitable for dogs under the age of six months and should not be given to pregnant or nursing dogs. Care should also be taken with animals suffering from conditions such as diabetes and who are already taking other medications. Your vet will be able to determine if there is a risk of interactions with any other pet medication.