Prostate Problems In Dogs
Dogs can get enlarged prostates, prostate infections, and prostate cancer. Assessing the size and symmetry of the prostate by palpating it via a gloved finger in the dog’s rectum is a quick and easy way of checking for an enlarged or painful prostate. There is no prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test for dogs.
What Are The Signs Of Prostate Problems
Most prostate problems occur in older male dogs who haven’t been neutered dogs as well. Symptoms of a prostate problem can include straining to defecate (because the enlarged prostate partially blocks the rectum); dribbling urine; bloody urine at the beginning of urination, or a bloody discharge independent of urination; and occasionally fever, lower,]abdominal pain, or a stiff, painful walk.
Prostate problems are diagnosed using a combination of x-rays, ultra sound, urinalysis, prostatic fluid analysis, and biopsy.
When To Treat
An enlarged prostate need not be treated unless it’s making it difficult for the dog to defecate or causing urinary incontinence. It is causing problems, neutering is the recommended treatment. The prostate begins to shrink within one week of neutering and continues to decrease in size for two to three moths after that. Prostate infections are treated with antibiotics for a minimum of 30 days. j
Prostate cancers are often adenocarcinoma, and they spread quickly to other sites in the body, especially the spine. Prostate tumors are extremely difficult to remove without leaving the dog permanently incontinent. Chemotherapy isn’t usually effective, but radiation therapy may be helpful. Overall, the prognosis for survival and a good quality of life for a dog with prostate cancer is poor.
How Dangerous Is Neutering (as a treatment for prostate problems)
The thought of neutering is much harder on some sensitive male dog owners than the procedure is on their dogs. Reassure your husband by telling him as many of the following details as you think he can handle.
Before being neutered, your dog will be put under general anesthesia, so he won’t feel any pain or be aware of the procedure at all. His heartbeat, breathing, and sometimes blood pressure and body temperature will be monitored by machines or by and assistant during the surgery.
After he’s anesthetized, he’ll be placed on his back on a heated surgical table. The hair will be shaved from a small area in front of where the scrotum meets the sheath of the penis, and the skin will be cleaned several times with surgical scrub.
The veterinarian, wearing sterile garb and using sterile instruments, will make a small incision in the scrubbed area-about 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, depending on the size of the testicles. Then he’ll push each testicle in turn through the incision, clamp and tie off the attached vessels, cut the vessels, and remove the testicle. The skin incision will be closes with sutures or surgical glue. The anesthesia will be turned off and your puppy will be watched closely until he is fully awake, then moved to a bed inside a cage for recovery.
It’s possible to do a vasectomy on the dog, in other words, cut the sperm ducts without remove the testicles-but most vets aren’t experienced in that procedure and it doesn’t eliminate testosterone production, so a vasectomized dog might still roam, fight, and develop an enlarged prostate when he gets older.
Neutering a male dog is much quicker and less involved than spaying a female dog, because the parts in question are just below the skin rather than inside the abdomen (unless the dog has an undescended testicle. Your dog will probably go home a few hours after surgery, and he’s unlikely to be in pain. He’ll probably act completely normal the following day, but he should be restricted to leash walks and not be allowed to roughhouse with other dogs until the incision heals, in about 10 days.
Most dogs leave the incision alone after surgery, but if he licks excessively at the area, he’ll need to wear an Elizabethan collar until he loses interest in the incision or it has healed.Any time a dog is anesthetized, there is a risk that he could have a serious and unpredictable anesthetic reaction, but such complications are exceedingly rare in a thy health young dog. The most common complication following neutering is minor skin irritation as the incision site. Chances are you dog will bounce back from his surgery as if nothing happened.
Side Effects of Neutering
Neutering or spaying will not usually make a dog less hyper. The only behavioral changes you should expect or hope for from neutering are that your dog will be less inclined to roam in search of female companionship, and that he’ll be less likely to get in fights with other male dogs.
Besides lessening the likelihood that your dog will roam, father unwanted pups, and be attacked by other male dogs, neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and significantly reduces the risk of problems associated with prostate enlargement.
Some people worry that neutering a dog will make him fat, lower his self-esteem and subject him to sexual frustration. Reality check: a dog’s self-image is not sexual. He doesn’t watch the Playboy Channel, take Viagra, or wonder whether the girls at the dog run think he;s studly. Dogs who are spayed or neutered before having a sexual encounter have no idea what they’re missing, and even if the did have a rendezvous or two before surgery, those are not going to be remembered, longed for, or brooded over.
As far as gaining weight, some animals do get heavier after they are “fixed”, but usually for other reasons. As they progress from adolescence to adulthood, their growth is also slowing down, so excess calories naturally wind up as excess pounds. If a dog becomes overweight after being spayed or neutered, he should be fed less, switched to a lower-calorie food, or exercised more.
Summing It Up
Today we have talked about having to check for prostate problems, how to treat prostate problems, and also briefly summarized prostate problems. We also discussed to need for neutering, the benefits and side effects of it, how to feed a “fixed” dog, as well as the problems people think will be caused by neutering and revealing that the things people worry about are not justified by the facts.
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