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My dog is about 5lbs. he is on vetmendin 1.25mg every 8

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My dog is about 5lbs. he is on vetmendin 1.25mg every 8 hours..yesterday he was given a total of 4 doses accidentally l..1st at.730am, then 1130 am, then 430pm, then 1130pm..i gave him mornong dose around 830am today. he coughs from chf

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?

Other than that he seems to be normal. eating ok. i was wondering if i should hold vetmendin until tomorrow morning?

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?

Chewy 13 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Chewy

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on chewy, please? In one study in dogs that ingested between 2.6 - 21.3 mg/kg of pimobendan (one time dosing) clinical signs of cardiovascular abnormalities including severe tachycardia (increased heart rate), hypotension (low blood pressure), and hypertension (high blood pressure) were noted but some dogs remained normal which appears to be the case with Chewy which is due to the pharmacokinetics of this drug: plasma levels of pimobendan and the active metabolite were below quantifiable levels by 4 and 8 hours respectively after oral administration. To answer you directly, it would be prudent to wait a full 16 hours after his last dose and then begin dosing as you've previously done.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
thank you. i ended up waiting 20 hours before giving him a dose. he is ok.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

You're quite welcome. You did well. Thank you for the good update.

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