If your dog is getting older, has been fixed recently, or has a weakened bladder, they may be experiencing incontinence, or an inability to properly hold urine. These little dribbles are purely accidental on your dog’s part, and are most likely occurring as a result of weakened sphincter muscles. Obviously, incontinence is unpleasant for both you and your dog, but you won’t necessarily need to resort to diapers or keeping your pet outside as a solution -- Proin is a medication that can help.
Proin, or phenylpropanolamine, is a common treatment for incontinence that’s a result of weakened control of bladder muscles. Find out how this FDA-approved medication works, potential side effects, and how the medication is given to your dog.
How Does Proin Work?
This medication works by releasing chemicals that help to stimulate and strengthen the muscles of the sphincter, which allow your dog to hold in urine. Proin is not a cure for incontinence -- if your dog ceases to take it, the muscles will revert to a weakened state and dribbles will resume.
Proin is not available over the counter; you’ll need to go to your vet and get a prescription. During your visit, the vet will thoroughly review your dog’s medical history, including any diseases or conditions they may have, as well as any other drugs or supplements that are being given. This is important since Proin has side effects and risk factors as a result of interactions with certain other medications and some diseases.
How and When Do Dogs Take Proin?
Proin is available in two forms: liver-flavored chewable tablets or droppers. In both forms, it’s available in different dosages, ranging from 25 mg to 75 mg. The right dose for your dog is determined by your dog’s weight, although if the initial dose is not effective, your vet may increase it slightly. Proin should be given along with food, and dogs generally take 2-3 doses each day.
Side Effects of Proin
While taking Proin, some dogs may experience restlessness, and have difficulty napping or sleeping at night. Others may become irritable and seem moody. It’s also possible that dogs will experience weight loss. Watch for any of these symptoms, and be on the alert for dogs having an allergic reaction to phenylpropanolamine, the active ingredient in Proin.
If your dog has glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, heart problems, or high blood pressure, they should not take Proin. It also does not mix well with drugs that are classified as MAO inhibitors, or the drug amitraz, which is used in many flea and tick treatments.
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.