Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Inexpensive PPA remains available for veterinary use.

Byline: Pet Care DR. JEFF NICHOL For the Journal

Q: I have a spayed 4-year-old Healer/Terrier cross. She has become incontinent of urine. The vet ruled out infection, and suggested we try either DES or phenylpropanolamine. I was concerned about the risk of breast cancer with the hormones and so tried PPA. It worked great. Now they have removed it from the market. My questions are: Does it harm dogs? How does it work? Is it available in a "dog" formulation? If not is there a substitute?

Dr. Nichol: You are asking some informed and intelligent questions. Here are the nuts and bolts. Urinary incontinence (urine dribbling) occurs in a minority of spayed dogs. The surgery known as spaying (ovariohysterectomy) includes removal of the ovaries the major source of the female hormone estrogen. …

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