Ground breaking treatment to delay heart failure

The most common heart disease in dogs, Mitral Valve Disease, can now be treated before symptoms of heart failure are apparent. The EPIC trial has shown significant benefit of pimobendan vs placebo in cases of advanced preclinical mitral valve disease, prolonging time to the development of symptoms by an average of 15 months, and increasing longevity. Vetmedin is now licensed for use in dogs with mitral valve disease, that may have no symptoms other than a heart murmur and heart enlargement diagnosed by specific measurements on echocardiography (heart scan).  This is very exciting news for many small breed dogs with this potentially life threatening disease and very exciting news for us vets!

Updated 2018

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