Dogs prostate disease, does it actually exist?
The answer is yes, male dog’s prostates function almost exactly the same way that they do in men and they can develop very similar diseases as well.
Although dogs can experience prostate cancer, it is very rare for a male dog to contract cancer of the prostate gland.
This disease starts to affect male dogs after the age of seven or eight.
Dogs that have been neutered before puberty will have very little prostate tissue left and it reduces the chances of serious prostrate disease by almost 90 percent.
However, it will not prevent cancer from developing in severe cases.
Dogs neutered at a later age will also over time be at a reduced risk unless the disease has already started to from.
But once neutered, this gland will start to shrink to about 25 percent of the original size.
The main purpose of the prostate is to both support and nourishes sperm cells and without this function it becomes almost a non-issue.
There will always be two sides to the discussion about neutering a dog, but over 80 percent of non-neutered dogs will develop some type of a dogs prostate disease.
It is not a matter of if, but rather a matter of when and how severe it will be.
And to add to the threat, there are still well over and estimated sixty percent of male dogs that have not been neutered.
This gland is classified as a sex gland and is semi-lobbed in shape that rests between your dog’s pelvis behind the bladder and below the rectum.
In a normal sized dog it is approximately two inches in its diameter and surrounds the urethra.
There are very small tubes that are made to deposit the fluids that are produced by this gland that link directly to the urethra.
It retains this size until about two years of age and from there on out the size will be determined by the amount of testosterone it produces as well as any disease that may attack it.
Although it aids in sperm production and does not directly produce sperm, it is critical in nourishing the sperm.
A healthy prostate gives dogs a tremendous boost in their ability to transmit the sperm and it also acts as a anti-bacterial protective agent in protecting sperm eggs.
However, it also helps in preventing infections from entering into the female.
The symptoms of a dogs prostate disease are a lot different that they are with men.
Men will have a difficulty and pain in urinating because the prostrate has swollen and is cutting off the ability to urinate. In dogs, it affects the ability to defecate.
Because the prostrate sets directly below the rectum and is located in the pelvis, this restricts their ability to defecate.
The pelvis canal opening is not that large to start with and it is not designed to increase in size just because the prostrate has become bigger.
Once it enlarges because of an infection or disease it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the rectum.
When your dog tries to pass a stool there may be in some cases not enough room.
As a result, the first symptoms you will see with your dog will be for them to start to walk in a very abnormal manner as they are trying to protect it from hurting them.
They are also trying not to place pressure on the now swollen and very painful gland.
The next symptoms of dogs prostate disease will be with their rear legs.
They will actually walk with their legs stiff and straight again because of the pain.
They will take very short steps like they are trying to avoid stepping on something but they are actually doing is trying to avoid the pain.
As it develops in severity, there may be an infected discharge from the penis that will include blood and pus; but now they will have a difficult time in urinating as well.
If it becomes severe, your dog runs the risk of developing peritonitis which is where bacterium for the prostrate begins to leak into the abdominal cavity.
There are three types of disease that your dog will develop with their prostate; Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, bacterial infections, or cancer.
However, the most common disease will be Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, also known as BPH.
This is a condition that is not caused by a bacterial or viral infection; it is caused by the normal aging process within the prostrate.
What is happening is that there is an increase in both the number of cells and the size of these cells within the prostrate.
Once this happens, they become a natural breeding ground for cysts to attack and grow which adds to the overall growth and the pressure.
Bacterial infections can also attack as bacteria enter into the prostrate via the bloodstream in your dog.
Bladder infections are very common and easy to treat.
The problem is that it is very difficult to actually get antibiotics to enter into the prostrate simply because of where it is located and its construction.
This is complicated even further by the type of infection as it can be in the form of abscesses, acute or chronic infection.
The early stages of infection are the acute form and by far the most painful for your dog as it may spread to other parts off the body.
Chronic infections may go on for years if not properly diagnosed and treated. What makes this very difficult to treat is that in most cases it is a continuing infection from the original cause.
Cancer of the prostrate in dogs is very rare. But when it does occur, just like in humans, it is life threatening as it may grow and spread. At the present time in dogs there is no cure or no effective treatment.
Most of the treatments for dogs prostate disease will be by antibiotics, oral medications, and urinary catheterization, as well as enemas. In severe cases, surgery will be used.
However, there are several preventive measures that you can do for your dog to help protect against prostate disease.
Saw Palmetto has been extremely effective for men and can also be used for male dogs as a preventive natural medicine.
It has no known side effects and helps to prevent both the inflammation and the swelling of the prostrate.
Cleavers is another herb that is very effective as it helps to expel toxins from your dog’s body.
It is also very effective in preventing urinary infections and especially effective for the prostate.
However, the two most effective preventive supplements are Echinacea and Selenium.
Echinacea has been used for centuries as in native folk lore and is referred to as a cure all herb.
In animals, it is very effective as a hormonal antiviral and antioxidant and is especially effective in yeast infections and urinary tract infections as well as dogs prostate disease.
Selenium, a mineral, has been tested extensively at the school of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Purdue.
Findings indicated that over 80 percent of dogs prostrates that were infected with bacteria as well as cancer cells where reduced almost 50 percent when they were fed a diet rich in selenium.
Dogs prostate disease can be reduced by neutering, but there are still chances that they may contract this disease as they age.
However, even if not neutered, it can be greatly reduced by supplements to help your dog prevent this very painful disease.