What is Vivitonin?
Vivitonin tablets for dogs contain the xanthine derivative propentofylline as an active ingredient. Vivitonin is classified as a prescription only medicine or POM-V and as such, is only available from us with a prescription from your Vet. Online pet pharmacies like ourselves are only allowed to dispense prescription only medicines upon receipt of a valid prescription, written by your vet. This is to ensure that the medicine is used correctly and to safeguard the health and welfare of your pet.
How does Vivitonin work?
Vivitonin increases blood flow within the heart and skeletal muscle. Vivitonin tablets for dogs also increase blood flow to the brain and in doing so, increase the amount of oxygen being supplied. Vivitonin tablets are able to increase the heart rate and also the force of contraction of the heart muscle.
There is also evidence that Vivitonin may reduce the occurrence of abnormal heart rhythms (also know as arrhythmias) in dogs that have sustained damage to the heart muscle.
Vivitonin can also cause dilation of the airways that supply oxygen to the lungs (acting as a bronchodilator). In doing so, the level of oxygen within the blood stream increases and animals often are more interested in exercise and are able to exercise for longer. Vivitonin is able to inhibit platelet aggregation and reduce the formation of blood clots or thrombi that in some situations can be extremely harmful.
What is Vivitonin used for?
Vivitonin is most frequently used in older dogs that have shown a reduction in their willingness to exercise. Often dogs that have become dull and listless with a poor demeanor will show a marked improvement following dosing with Vivitonin. Often, exercise levels will increase markedly, both in terms of a general willingness to exercise and an overall improvement in exercise tolerance.
Vivitonin Tablets are also occasionally used by vets and veterinary cardiologists for the treatment of heart disease, in particular, for the treatment of an abnormal heart rhythm and in situations where improved blood circulation is desirable. In these circumstances, vivitonin may well be given alongside other medications used to control the symptoms of heart failure. It is important that you seek veterinary advice should your pet show signs of reduced exercise tolerance and lethargy. There are a number of possible causes of these symptoms and your vet will be able to guide you toward the most effective treatment.
How is Vivitonin administered?
Vivitonin is available in tablet form and is administered orally.
Vivitonin is available as: Vivitonin 50mg tablets and Vivitonin 100mg tablets
A Veterinary Pet Prescription is Required for Vivitonin
What is Vidalta?
Vidalta tablets for cats contain the active ingredient, carbimazole. Vidalta medication is licensed for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats. Vidalta is a POM-V (Prescription only medicine) category medicine that is only available with a written pet prescription from your vet. Online pet pharmacies are only able to supply this medicine upon receipt of the valid prescription.
How does Vidalta work?
As mentioned, Vidalta contains carbimazole. After carbimazole is absorbed, it is converted to an active form: methimazole. Methimazole stops the enzyme responsible for the production thyroxine from working. Vidalta tablets for cats are usually given only once daily.
What is Vidalta used for?
Vidalta for Cats is used to treat a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that tends to affect older cats (often older than 13 years of age) and is caused by an over production of the hormone thyroxine by the thyroid gland. In the cat, two thyroid glands are found in the neck, either side of the wind pipe (trachea). It is not possible to feel these glands in normal cats as they are very small and are hidden by soft-tissue structures in the neck.
In some cats, one or both of these glands will increase in size and start producing too much thyroxine. This causes cats to show a number of symptoms including: weight loss, increased appetite (polyphagia), increased frequency and volume of defaecation, increased drinking and urination (polydipsia & polyuria), hyperactivity: cats can become more agitated and restless, occasional vomiting and/or episodes of diarrhoea, high heart rates, high blood pressure which may cause problems with vision and poor coat quality.
Very occasionally, cats may show symptoms including depression, lethargy and breathing problems.
If your cat shows some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, you should visit your vet who will perform a thorough examination, take a blood sample and may arrange blood pressure testing. In the majority of cases of hyperthyroidism, the thyroxine (or T4) result will be elevated. Your vet will also usually check the renal and liver values for any evidence of kidney or liver problems before starting treatment. If you and your vet decide to use Vidalta tablets for the control of hyperthyroidism in the long term, your vet may wish to collect occasional blood samples to test the level of thyroxin within your cat’s blood stream. Occasionally the level may be too high or too low and adjustments in dose may need to be made. Your vet may also check the cat’s renal values (urea and creatinine) to ensure that the kidneys are coping well with the treatment regime. Occasionally vidalta will be used to stabilise cats for around one month prior to surgery (thyroidectomy). This is an important step and ensures that your pet is well-prepared to undergo surgery. It is important that every dose is given.
How is Vidalta administered?
Vidalta is administered orally. The medication should be kept out of reach of children and anyone handling the medication should wear gloves. In addition, vidalta tablets for cats should never be crushed up.
Vidalta is available as reddish/pink-tinged cylindrical tablets in the following strengths: 10mg Vidalta and 15mg Vidalta.
A Veterinary Pet Prescription is Required for Vidalta
Vetmedin (Pimobendan) is available in 5mg Vetmedin Capsules and both 5mg Vetmedin Tablets and 1.25mg Vetmedin Tablets. Vetmedin is a drug that is often prescribed for dogs to treat a range of heart conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and is associated with significantly improved survival times.
How Does Vetmedin Work?
Vetmedin Tablets and Capsules open up, or dilate the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. This means that your dog's heart doesn't have to work quite as hard to supply the body with oxygen. Vetmedin also improves the ability of your dog's heart to act as a pump and improves the contractility of the heart muscle.
How will Vetmedin Help my Dog?
Both Vetmedin tablets and capsules can help reduce the signs of congestive heart failure in dogs, lead to a less tired and more active dog and significantly increase the lifespan of dogs in congestive heart failure. Owners generally report that their dog's quality of live dramatically improves following treatment with Vetmedin. A recent global trial called QUEST showed how Vetmedin can help prolong the life of dogs suffering from heart failure relating to underlying mitral valve disease. Another study documented the way in which Vetmedin can prolong the life of Dobermans, suffering from dilated hearts (or DCM).
Are there any side effects that my dog might experience whilst taking Vetmedin?
Vetmedin for dogs is generally tolerated extremely well. On rare occasions, gastrointestinal side-effects may be seen such as vomiting or diarrhoea. If this happens or you are concerned about your dog for any reason, please contact your Vet for advice.
Vetmedin is used for the treatment of canine congestive heart failure originating from dilated cardiomyopathy or valvular insufficiency (mitral and/or tricuspid regurgitation). When Vetmedin for dogs is used in cases of valvular insufficiency in conjunction with frusemide the product has been shown to improve the quality of life and extend life expectancy in treated dogs. When Vetmedin is used in a limited number of cases of dilated cardiomyopathy in conjunction with frusemide, enalapril and digoxin, the product has been shown to improve the quality of life and to extend life expectancy in treated dogs.
Vetmedin for dogs is available as:
5mg Vetmedin Flavour Tablets
5mg Vetmedin Capsules
1.25mg Vetmedin Flavour Tablets
A Veterinary Pet Prescription is Required for Vetmedin
Vasotop are oblong flavoured tablets that are scored on both sides. Vasotop tablets are available in 1.25mg, 2.5mg and 5mg. Vasotop is used for the treatment of congestive heart failure in Dogs. Vasotop can be used in combination with diuretics and the cardiac glycosides, digoxin or methyl-digoxin. Administration of Vasotop in dogs with congestive heart failure improves cardiovascular function, the related clinical signs and the prognosis. Vasotop has also been shown to reduce the mortality rate among dogs with persistent or transient heart failure following an acute myocardial infarction.
Vetoryl Capsules are used for the treatment of Cushing's disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism (excess production of corticosteroids from the adrenal glands) in dogs. Cushing's syndrome is one of the most commonly diagnosed canine endocrine disorders. Cushing’s syndrome is usually seen in older dogs and can be either spontaneous or iatrogenic.
This usually happens (in around 85% of cases) because the dog develops a very small, benign tumour at the base of the brain (within the pituitary gland). This hormone produces too much signaling hormone that, in turn, causes the adrenal glands to release excessive cortisol. The remaining 15% of cases are caused by tumours of the adrenal gland(s). Irrespective of the cause of cushing’s disease, treatment is often indicated to reduce the level of cortisol in your pet’s blood stream.
Symptoms of Cushings disease in Dogs include weight gain, hair loss, a pot-bellied appearance, increased thirst and urination. Cushing’s Disease is a common condition in older dogs and can also have a number of un-seen implications, such as a tendency to cause blood clots (blood becomes hyper-coaguable), breathlessness (because of calcification of the airways), liver changes and delayed wound healing. Cushings disease can also lead to diabetes melitus.
Vetoryl works by controlling the excess production of Cortisol, a hormone that regulates many body processes, and is released in increase amounts during stress. Vetoryl is not a cure for Cushing's Disease, but can help control the symptoms. Generally improvement will be seen in several weeks.
Each individual dog responds to Vetoryl differently, but the goal of therapy is to decrease the symptoms related to Cushing's disease (increased thirst and appetite, poor hair coat, etc.). In most cases, the Vetoryl therapy needs to be continued for the life of the dog. If Vetoryl is discontinued, signs will reappear.
Vetoryl capsules are given orally with food and should not be opened or split. Vetoryl may be used for treatment of both pituitary-dependent and adrenal-dependent cushings (hyperadrenocorticism) in dogs.
Vetoryl is available in the following strengths: 10mg Vetoryl Capsules, 30mg Vetoryl Capsules, 60mg Vetoryl Capsules & 120mg Vetoryl Capsules
A Veterinary Pet Prescription is required for Vetoryl