I need to know if dogs have a prostate. My old dog is asking to go out every hr, including at night, kind of like he can't totally empty his bladder. He's not acting like he's sick, in fact he's spunkier then usual.
It could also be diabetes, take him in. Here is what I found on askville.com, don't know how trustworthy it is:
Prostate problems in dogs
Not Vizsla specific - but to clear some common misconceptions; Castration of a dog will not prevent prostate cancer, and it has been suggested the risk of prostatic cancer may be favoured in neutered males [1,2]. Castration by removal of the testes will only prevent two things - your dog cannot get cancer of the testes, and he cannot become a father. However, most ’prostate problems’ are more common in entire dogs than in castrated males. What do we mean by ’prostate problems’?
Possible prostate problems
• enlargement of the prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
• inflammation of the prostate, or prostatitis
• prostatic cysts
• cancer of the prostate
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Having BPH does not mean your dog will necessarily have symptoms of prostatic problems. By the age of 5, studies have found between 60-90 % plus of entire dogs have BPH. Human men also develop BPH, and the number of BPH affected dogs and humans increases with increasing age. In men, as the prostate enlarges, it presses on the urethra, resulting in the well-known drippy plumbing problem. In dogs, the growth doesn’t usually affect the prostatic urethra in this way (but may), most commonly pressing on the bowel instead. This results in thinner, or ribbon-like stools. Castration of a male dog prevents BPH from occurring, and is also the way to cure it. This is because the size of the male prostate is dependent upon androgens. Removal of androgen source, either by chemical or physical castration, results in involution, or shrinkage, of the gland. Although up to 90% plus of entire dogs can have BPH, they do not necessarily have any problems associated with this.
Prostatitis or inflammation of the prostate is ’fairly common’ in dogs, and may present as an emergency. Prostatitis is far less frequent in neutered dogs than entire dogs. Infection can be acute or chronic, and abscesses may also occur. In chronic cases, permanent castration is a treatment-prevention choice as it helps prevent recurrence.
Numerous types of prostatic cysts can occur in dogs. Some may be an extension of benign hyperplasia, or they may be a true cyst. Large cysts can be drained and surgically removed. Neutering may be recommended to decrease chances of recurrence.
Cancer of the prostate is not really that common in dogs. By comparison, in humans it is the 2nd leading cause of cancer in men in the US. Like many cancers, cancer of the prostate is more likely to be found in older dogs, median age 10 years, though it has been reported in dogs as young as 4 and as old as 17. Screening tests for prostatic disease by measuring blood levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) as occurs in humans, is not useful in dogs. Diagnosis is usually late in the course of the disease and life expectancy of a dog diagnosed with cancer of the prostate is not very long - University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine report a maximum survival of 5 months for dogs treated with radiation therapy . Having said it is uncommon, in a study of 35 dogs without signs of prostatic disease, Waters et al  found one dog with carcinoma of the prostate, so it may be more common than currently reported in the absence of appropriate methods of detection. It has also been suggested [5,6] the majority of prostate cancers in dogs have been misclassified, thus affecting our ability to establish risk or contributing factors. As stated above, castration does not prevent cancer of the prostate from occurring, and recent papers [1,2] have found an increased risk for prostate cancer in neutered dogs, and in the Bouvier des Flandres breed .
yes, KM they do. My previous dog had prostate problems. His was enlarged and now and then his penis would drip a nasty bloody looking reddish brown fluid. I thought it was old blood but the Vet said it was prostate fluid. We lost him a year or two after his prostate started getting bad. He would cycle where sometimes it bothered him and dripped fluid and other times he was fine and the Vet said his prostate was back to normal size. Poor old guy!
Is he drinking more water than usual? A couple of years ago, my cat, Thor, started frequent urination and he'd sit and drink at his water bowl for 10-15 minutes straight. I took him to the vet and his blood sugar was 636! He gets insulin injections twice a day, and he's doing great. At certain times of the day, I guess his sugar would drop a little on its own and he would get up and play with the other cats like he was a kitten! I think your Kai could be diabetic. Poor baby! If your Kai is like my Thor, he is your child and it tears your heart out to see him not feeling well. Cuddles for Kai and a hug to you, too, Mama!
They can also get problems with crystals or stones in the bladder. So take a urine sample to the vet too. My Bichon has this all the time & is constantly on antibiotics for this problem. The crystals can turn to bladder stones, & will have to be surgically removed. If it could be just crystals, they will give you a special diet food to feed the dog. Just a thought. It may be hard to get a urine sample from a male dog, but the vet can get one with a needle aspiration. I vote for maybe diabetes although, since the thirst is there too. Small dogs for some reason tend to have these two problems more than large ones, & I think you have a small dog don't you? Mary
Hi Kaismama. Sorry you had problems with the dog. I love the dogs I have had over the years and know what a worry they cause. You had checked for bladder infection? Sometimes a dog can get these as adult and not just as a puppy. Frequent urination is the key, as you well know. Hope all is fine now. How did it turn out? Karen
if you couldn't find any medical reason,it could be that he is marking his territory,could be doing it more if there is a bitch in heat near,or another male peeing by your garden or even if he is reaching his sexual peak... my dog as soon as he hit 2 (he's a bull mastiff x Rhodesian Ridgeback) started going out constantly,even more when bitches were in season and also when my next door neighbour was hanging around our garden and throwing things in to it,peeing up perimeter of the garden,especially where my neighbour would stand barking at my dog and throwing things into our garden.(my dog is a house dog,he is not left in the garden) but he is a guard dog but majority of dogs naturally guard there owners and territory anyway so it may not be a medical condition.-males are always worse with marking territory too.
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