What does pimobendan do for dogs? Pimobendan (brand name: Vetmedin®) is a heart medication used to treat dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF), usually caused by either dilated cardiomyopathy or valvular insufficiency. Its use in cats to treat heart failure is ‘off label’ or ‘extra label’.
How long can a dog live on pimobendan? In the present study, the median survival times for the standard-pimo, low-pimo and conventional groups were 334, 277 and 136 days, respectively. This study showed that pimobendan administered in addition to conventional treatment increased the survival of dogs with CHF due to MMVD by 2.5 times.
How long does it take for pimobendan to work in dogs? Pimobendan starts working within 1 to 2 hours, but the effects may not be noticeable. For this reason, lab tests may be required to determine the drug’s effectiveness.
Can pimobendan prevent heart failure? If your dog experiences these, contact your veterinarian immediately. If your dog is diagnosed with CHF or even at risk, your veterinarian may prescribe pimobendan. Pimobendan has been clinically proven to prevent abnormal heart beats that can be deadly.