Dobutamine is a synthetic sympathomimetic drug used in the treatment of hypotension associated with congestive heart failure, sepsis associated with peritonitis and other life-threatening cases of cardiogenic or hemorrhagic shock.
Its primary mechanism is direct stimulation of β1-receptors of the sympathetic nervous system, resulting in increased heart rate and cardiac contractility.
Recommended dose rates in dogs is 2 - 20 µg/kg/min given as an intravenous constant rate infusion.
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