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Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica has launched Vetmedin® 0.75 mg/ml Solution for Injection for dogs.

The new injectable form of Vetmedin provides rapid acting treatment for canine congestive heart failure originating from valvular insufficiency (e.g. mitral valve disease) or dilated cardiomyopathy. Twelve hours after the injection is administered treatment can then be continued by the dog’s owner with Vetmedin flavour tablets or Vetmedin hard capsules at the recommended dosage.

“Parenteral administration of medicines is often preferred in cases of acute congestive heart failure to help minimise patient stress and clinical deterioration,” comments Ruth Willis BVM&S DVC MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology. “Vetmedin Solution for Injection is therefore a useful addition to our armoury of products for the treatment of acute congestive heart failure due to MVD or DCM.”

The injection contains 0.75 mg/ml of the active ingredient, pimobendan, and it is supplied in 5 ml single use vials at the licensed dose of 0.15 mg/kg, with one vial treating a dog up to 25 kg.

Boehringer Ingelheim, in association with the Vets Now emergency treatment service, has produced a useful algorithm, which features step-by-step guidance on the recommended treatment protocol for dogs with acute congestive heart failure due to MVD or DCM, together with point of sale material including shelf wobblers for use in practice to raise awareness of the product.

To support the launch of Vetmedin Solution for Injection, the company is also hosting a complimentary cardiology webinar presented by Ruth Willis entitled ‘Acute CHF – a stress free approach’. The informative online seminar takes place at 8.00 pm on Tuesday February 19 and counts for one hour’s CPD.  Places are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. The webinar will be available to view after the live event on demand. To register, visit

For further information on the Vetmedin range, including Vetmedin Solution for Injection, point of sale material or the cardiology webinar please contact your local Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica territory manager or telephone 01344 746959.

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