- View SourceUnfortunately they were granted an extention of the "whatever its called that keeps it a name brand" until the fall. But several people I know have been getting the generic from Canada for several years and its been 100% affective.
TOOET Pulik and Havanese and a whippet (near Louisville, KY)
- View SourceSimilar to Lisa’s experience – My papillon Mickey presented in middle of night with massive pulmonary edema/heart failure – he had ruptured chordae tendinae on his echocardiogram.He was started immediately on Vetmedin as well as Lasix and Benazepril. That was 3 12 yrs ago ….he still alive ( touch wood) - he will be 15 yrs old in Aug ….he still goes on hour long walks (OK we go at his pace and he is allowed to sniff at leisure) -but he will circle the park and I usually have to force him to go home because he would like to continue.He has never had another episode of “decompensated heart failure or pulmonary edema” since his initial presentation. His echocardiogram shows severe valve disease which has progressed – but his heart is not enlarging progressively (cardiologist says he is a unique case) .I have another chi with mitral valve disease – she also has been on Vetmedin, Lasix and Benazepril for 1.5 yrs now ….she is worse than Mickey because she has now developed Right heart failure and severe pulmonary hypertension 6 months ago. The Vetmedin, lasix and benazepril were not enough for her … so 6 months ago we switched her to injectable lasix ( Subcutaneous) and added sildanofil ( Viagra) and Spironolactone. She is holding her own – but is tired – and her liver /spleen are very enlarged.About 8 yrs ago I had another pap – before Vetmedin became widely available – she was on lasix and benazepril – and she died within 6 months …..and those 6 months were extremely rough on both of us….. Lots of emergency trips to the vet and both of us were awake most nights repositioning her etc etcSo I agree with Lisa – I am so glad Vetmedin is around. From my reading Vetmedin is the drug that has made a huge difference in survival and quality of life for these little dogs with mitral valve disease. I guess if I thought my dog was not in severe heart failure – I might try to go with a lowish dose initially. (Of course my guys are also on many supplements …)Elke