Urinary Incontinence in Dogs and Using Proin to Relieve the Condition
Dogs both male and female can have a urinary incontinence problem, which can cause bladder leakage. This condition can lead to other problems such as infections, inflammation and odors on both the dog and all areas affected, such as bedding, furniture and carpets. Various options are available to remedy urinary incontinence in dogs. Your veterinarian will test for any underlying conditions before choosing a treatment plan for your dog which may include Proin to remedy the incontinence.
Proin, also known as propalin and phenylpropanolamine, works on toning the sphincter muscle in the urethra to control urinary leakage. Proin is actually an old medication, used by its scientific name of phenylpropanolamine or Dexatrim which is an appetite suppressant for humans. Dexatrim was removed from store shelves due to a possible side effect of a stroke. Studies have found that this product is safe for dogs and will not lead to stroke, according to Vetinfo.com. Proin has been used exclusively for urinary control in veterinary medicine. The condition can affect any dog, but spayed females and older dogs are more prone to urinary incontinence.
Your veterinarian will first determine if your dog is suffering from an underlying condition, such as a kidney or bladder infection, before any medication is prescribed. Proin may not cure the problem, though it does help in most cases. The dosage can be reduced if the initial results have been successful.
Proin is available in chewable tablets of 25mg, 50 mg and 75 mg. The dosage will depend on the size of your dog. A typical recommended dose is 0.4 to 0.8 mg per pound every 12 hours, though your veterinarian will make the final decision, depending on your dog’s particular needs and history.
Some of the side effects of Proin may be a loss of appetite, restlessness, a rapid heart rate, seizures and possible allergic reactions, according to Marvistavet.com.
As a warning, be sure to only give the dosage recommended by your veterinarian. An overdose of Proin can induce any of the possible side effects. Also, do not give the medication to a pregnant dog, or any dog that is suffering from a heart condition, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, enlarged prostate, glaucoma or any known allergies to this drug. Alternative treatments may be available in these situations. There are certain medications to avoid if your dog is on Proin so be sure to speak with your veterinarian before using any other drugs.