We've got good news. Your dog, even if he has prostate disease, cancer, or some other prostate illness, can certainly live a normal, healthy, happy life if you choose for him to undergo a prostatctomy. This can either remove parts of your dog's prostate gland or the entire prostate gland. Typically, this happens if your dog has developed a tumor on his prostate gland.
Are you interested in knowing more about the procedure? Do you want to know the signs you should look out for to signify that your dog is having prostate issues to being with?
Read on for more information!
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Signs Your Dog Might Be Having Prostate Issues
For example, if your dog is having a harder-than-normal time going to the bathroom, is urinating or defecating blood or yellowish discharge, and is suffering from constipation or urinary pain, it's possible that your dog is dealing with prostate issues. Other common issues that go hand-in-hand with prostate problems are abdominal pain, stiff walking, bloody discharge from your dog's penis, as well as systemic depression and excessive lethargy.
- Body freezing
- Sweaty paws
- Ears back
- Bloody urine
- Lack of appetite
- Systemic depression
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty going to that bathroom
The History of Prostatectomies in Dogs
Much of the research that determined this sort of surgery was ineffective for dogs was conducted about 30 years ago, but modern research, especially from veterinarians like Dr. Ralph Henderson, tout the benefits and high survival rates that prostate removal surgery can provide.
Now, the advantages of a total prostatectomy for dogs includes a better local tumor control (more so than other techniques), less expensive options, and a low risk of infection post surgery.
The Science of a Prostatectomy
Typically, this happens when your dog has a tumor that's built up on his prostate, or a benign or malignant buildup of cells that have started rapidly dividing in a localized area. After a vet has run diagnostic tests to confirm that this surgery is necessary, they'll prep the dog for surgery, which typically consists of cutting into the dog's abdomen near the tumor and removing the entire prostate gland.
Training Your Dog to Recover from a Prostatectomy
If your dog hasn't perfected his normal obedience commands prior to his diagnosis, make sure he is fully aware and respects them before his surgery. Telling your dog to stay, sit, lie down, or settle is going to be a huge deal when it comes to proper recovery, especially in order to help your dog avoid infections.
It's quite possible that your dog is going to require a week or more in a doggy hospital in order to properly recover, so it's important that you've trained your dog to feel comfortable in a veterinarian office environment. We suggest training your dog beforehand with positive reinforcement for every vet visit in order for him to associate the vet's office with treats, affection, love, and toys.
How to React if Your Dog Needs a Prostatectomy:
Discuss surgery options with your dog-tor.
Make sure you have a plan in action for when your dog is recovering from surgery.
Talk to your vet about how you can prevent further issues from developing and how you could have prevented the issue in the first place.
Ensure you're taking all the correct steps so your dog can heal quickly and efficiently.