Pimobendan is the first drug in a newer class of heart medications called inodilators. It lowers the pressure in both the arteries and veins, as well as improves heart muscle strength. This improves blood flow to the body without causing heart muscle damage. It has greatly improved the quality of life and life expectancy of pets with advanced heart disease.
To treat dogs with advanced heart disease (Cardiomyopathy and Degenerative Valve Disease)
Pulmonary Hypertension (high blood pressure in lungs) when this is causing right heart changes
Off label use in cats with congestive heart failure (CHF)
Please contact CVCA should any of these symptoms be noted
Decreased appetite, vomiting or diarrhea
Increases in liver enzymes on blood tests
Not recommended to use in dogs just because they have a heart murmur
Not recommended in patients with diseases causing an obstruction to blood flow leaving the heart.
Chewable tablets are the standard form, but can be reformulated into capsules or liquid suspension
Please do not stop the medication, skip or change doses without veterinary approval
Interaction with Other Drugs
Concurrent use of a beta blocker (atenolol) may decrease the efficacy of pimobendan