Prostatitis in dogs: symptoms, treatment
60% of non-castrated males over 5 years old and all over 10-12 years old have prostatic diseases. They include acute and chronic prostatitis.
Prostatitis in dogs: symptoms
First of all, prostate diseases, including prostatitis in dogs, are diagnosed by urination disorders. Male urinates more often and in small portions, literally by drop.
Also incontinence or, on the contrary, urinary retention is characteristic, which is explained by the proliferation of the prostate. Often there are secretions of their urethra even in the calm state of the dog.
General state disorders are also observed:
- Chronic increase in body temperature;
- Pain in the lower spine, discomfort in the pelvic region, weakness or edema of the pelvic limbs;
- Oppressed general condition;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms can sometimes in general be the only symptoms: constipation in dogs, frequent desires for defecation (tenesmus), thin ribbon-like feces, vomiting;
- Sexual dysfunction: inability to ejaculate or mating, infertility.
Assess the size, tenderness, homogeneity of the prostate and its position relative to surrounding organs and tissues allows clinical examination.
Treatment of prostatitis in dogs
- Therapy with prostatitis is aimed at removing the inflammatory process, reducing pain, stabilizing the activity of the prostate and the general condition.
- Cardinal, but the most effective method of treatment is castration. With her illness is cured in a week.
- Also, antiandrogenic drugs, progestogens, agonists or antagonists of GnRH, inhibitors of 5α-reductase are prescribed for treatment.
- However, conservative treatment is less effective than surgical intervention. Therefore, it is relevant only for breeding males, who need to maintain their reproductive capacity.
In addition, after drug treatment, there is a high risk of recurrence or more complex diseases, such as cystic proliferation, prostatic hyperplasia, abscesses, etc.
Prophylaxis of prostatitis in dogs
The best prevention of prostatitis in dogs for thisThe moment is recognized castration of individuals who have a tendency to develop prostate diseases. And in general, castration of all males that are not planned for breeding.
This operation can not only exclude the development of the disease in healthy dogs, but stop or slow down the development of the already emerging disease, including tumors.