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By Barbara Forney, VMD
Commonly prescribed for: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Therapeutic Class: Inodilators
Pimobendan is a new and important drug that is used to treat congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs. Large clinical studies support the use of pimobendan in dogs that have clinical signs of CHF and in breeds of dogs (Doberman pinschers and others) that are at risk for developing CHF. Pimobendan both strengthens the heart's ability to contract, and dilates blood vessels throughout the body. It is an oral medication and in most cases is given with other cardiac medications and diuretics such as furosemide. Recent studies have shown that dogs that receive pimobendan (with other cardiac drugs) both survived longer and had better quality of life scores than dogs receiving alternate cardiac treatments. For some breeds, including Doberman Pinschers, the increased time until the onset of clinical signs and the increase in survival time is dramatic. Dogs with clinical signs of CHF may show improvement within seven days of starting treatment. Cardiac enlargement may be improved within the first month of treatment. Pimobendan is a sufficiently well researched and important new drug. In 2009 the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine included pimobendan in their consensus statement regarding the treatment of chronic valvular heart disease. Pimobendan is FDA-approved for use in dogs. When the appropriate form or dose of this drug is not available through a veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturer, it may be compounded by a specialty pharmacy.
Pimobendan for Veterinary Use
We can let your veterinarian know that you are interested in our compounded Pimobendan.
Dosage options starting at $0.38 per dose
Compressed oral tablets that are smaller than a Tic-Tac®
Quarter-scored tablets for maximum flexibility in oral dosing.
Transdermal applicator designed for easy handling and accurate dosing.
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