Things You'll Need
Your veterinarian's assistance
Proin 25, Proin 50, Proin 75 or Proin Drops (depending on your dog's medical needs and weight)
Patience with your dog's medical issues
Both male and female dogs can suffer from urinary incontinence, but spayed female dogs are the most commonly affected. Many dogs suffering from canine urinary incontinence are overweight.
Side effects experienced with Proin can include a rapid heart rate, increase in blood pressure and restlessness. Your dog's appetite may be increased or decreased as a side effect associated with Proin administration as well. Store Proin in a amber colored bottle which is resistant to light. Light will inactivate the Proin medication.
Canine urinary incontinence is a disease characterized by the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder of the affected dog. It is a condition which is frustrating for the dog owner.
Urinary incontinence can also cause complications for your dog, such as -inflammation of the skin around the vagina -infection of the skin around the vagina -urine scalding -unpleasant odor.
Proin, also known as phenylpropanalamine or PPA, is classed as an alpha agonist. It works in canine urinary incontinence by aiding in keeping the urethral sphincter tight, making it more difficult for the urine to leak out.
Remember that your dog is suffering from a medical problem and is not urinating to annoy you. Do not punish your dog. Your dog cannot help what is happening.
Schedule an appointment with your dog's veterinarian to have your dog examined and discuss using Proin for your dog. Your veterinarian will need to perform a physical examination and likely will need to do some blood and urine tests and possibly some radiographs (x-rays) to rule out other things that can cause urine leakage.
Proin comes in three different sizes of tablets, Proin 25 mg, Proin 50 mg and Proin 75 mg, as well as in a liquid formulation. Your veterinarian will help you decide which formulation is most appropriate for your dog.
Proin will usually need to be administered twice to three times daily but is flavored so that most dogs like the medication. Give the medication as directed by your veterinarian.
Be patient while administering the Proin for your dog. It may take several days of medication before you start to see an improvement in the urinary incontinence. Do not stop giving the Proin to your dog.
Once the urinary incontinence has resolved for your dog and her condition has stabilized, it may be possible to decrease the dosage of Proin. However, this condition is not usually curable and it is likely you will need to continue administering the Proin indefinitely.
Regular visits to your dog's veterinarian will be necessary to monitor your dog's response to therapy and your dog's health.
Your dog can lead a long and happy life even with a diagnosis of canine urinary incontinence. Administering Proin regularly can help you accomplish that feat.