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Viagra saves a dog’s life

You read the headline correctly.  Viagra has saved the life of a dog in Long Island.  Ingrid, a pit bull that came to the Little Shelter in Huntington, was near death.  The dog’s heart was about to fail, so in a last ditch effort to save her, a vet gave the pooch Viagra.

The wonder drug for animals?
“What a lot of people do not know is that Viagra was originally developed as a heart medication,” said spokesperson Jodi Record. “Now, it is used for something else, but it is what has kept her alive.”

The drug that is commonly used for erectile dysfunction has been known to help humans with heart problems, but the vet in Huntington believes this is the first animal that has benefited from the little blue pill.

The dog has made a full recovery, and was adopted by new owners in the area.

Viagra, not just for erectile dysfunction
While Viagra has helped millions of men overcome struggles in their sex lives, the medication does have other uses in the medical world.  There are studies that link Viagra to increased conception and not in the way you might think.  Yes, the pill can help men get an erection and therefore increase chances of conception, but in at least one study woman can take Viagra as a way to increase the thickness of their uterine lining which is crucial for carrying a baby.

Viagra has also been shown to help some people suffering with brain tumors.  The medication is known to open vessels and can help more chemotherapy, the common treatment to shrink tumors, get into a person’s system.  Researchers believe this will shrink tumor sizes and may increase survival time.  Research is still in the infant stages, but scientists hope to move on to human trials in the near future.