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Proin For Dogs - Read Carefully!
What Is Proin?
Proin is a medication used to cure bladder control problems in dogs - also known as, incontinence. It works by controlling the urethral sphincter, which helps your dog control its bladder.
All around the internet you will hear what a great pet med this is, with few side effects. This makes it seem like an ideal pet med which makes it low on risk. However, since writing my article on Metacam and later learning of the high risk to cats, I make it a point to dig deeper when researching for these articles as I know you are looking for reliable info - and I want to be certain that I deliver the goods.
From one pet lover to another ... the safety and health of your pets matters as much to me as it does to you.
The Sife Effects Of Proin
The side effects for Proin seem slightly alarming, but manageable. They are:
- a change in your pet's appetite
- a sharp increase in your pet's heart rate
- an increase in your pet's blood pressure
These symptoms allow one to believe they can safely give their pet Proin and then discontinue treatment if the symptoms manifest themselves. For the greater percentage of cases this is a fact - but for a few there is a horrible reality - stroke!
Stroke isn't mentioned as a side effect of Proin, but there are enough cases after treatment to suggest there is a possible correlation. Now, this isn't a side effect that can be taken lightly, as it can occur suddenly and can leave your pet dead in less than an hour. As such, this is a serious risk that must be carefully considered.
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Is It Worth All Of The Concern?
When complications provide the warning signs necessary to safely deal with an issue then we can see those complications as manageable. However, when when you have a complication that can strike silently with little to no time to react there is a major reason for concern.
As such, I'm not going to recommend Proin without thorough supervision by a trained veterinarian. Understand, if there is ANY risk, then I need to be honest and make you aware. This doesn't mean that Proin should be seen as a pet med that kills dogs ... this means that one should carefully weigh the risk.
What About Natural Alternatives?
I have seen where some offer natural alternatives to resolve the issue, but these can be dangerous as well - for the same reason. This is why it's so important to speak to your veterinarian and carefully review the risks for YOUR pet, not the thousands who were previously cured.
Regardless of your choice of treatment, you need to be aware of any heart problems or blood pressure issues your pet has had - or may be experiencing during treatment. High blood pressure is the leading cause of all strokes, so having your pets blood pressure monitored regularly is the best way to maintain some level of safety while treating this condition.
So, Is Proin Safe For Your Pet?
Statistically, yes, it's safe ... but ... considering the risk of a stroke, one must take every precaution possible and speak to your veterinarian to insure (as best you can) that your pet will be safe.
Remember ... your pets depend on you to insure their health. Care for them as they would care for you, if they were capable. :)