If your dog is over 8 years old and not neutered he has a more than 80 per cent chance of developing prostate disease. Your dog may experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. A veterinarian may discover the condition during a routine check-up. Prostate enlargement can be caused by a number of factors including infection or a normal change in hormone levels associated with ageing. Prostate cancer is rare in dogs.
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If your dog has an enlarged prostate your veterinarian will recommend neutering. He will make a small incision in the scrotum and remove the testicles. The procedure will make the prostate shrink.
Your veterinarian will order antibiotics if lab tests indicate an infection in the prostate. The drugs are available in chewable tablets or gel coated capsules. In some cases the antibiotics will be delivered intravenously.
There are a number of homeopathic remedies available to support your dog's prostate health. Ingredients may include Sabal Serrulata, Galium Aperine, Echinacea and Baryta Carb.
The best way to ensure your dog doesn't develop prostate problems is to have him
neutered before he is 1 year old. Make sure he has plenty of fluids and opportunities
to urinate. Don't overexercise a dog with an enlarged prostate. Feed him a healthy diet.
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