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Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)

Submitted and written by CCLRC member Autumn Davidson DVM

What is the prostate?

The prostate is the only accessory sex gland in the male dog.  The gland secretes a fluid that aids in the transport of sperm.  It is located near the base of the bladder, just below the colon and surrounds the urethra.  Your veterinarian is able to feel the prostate to assess its size, symmetry and texture while performing a rectal examination on your pet.

What is benign prostatic hypertrophy?

This is a condition that is commonly seen in older dogs.  The cells in the prostate get larger and multiply.  They may also form small pockets of fluid within the gland.    Due to its association with hormones secreted by the testes, this condition is only seen in intact male dogs.  BPH is a natural consequence of aging and many dogs have it without showing any clinical problems.

How will I know if my pet has this condition?

Blood in the urine, a bloody discharge from the penis that is not associated with urination, straining to defecate, producing ribbon-like stools or infertility may be signs that your pet has prostatic disease.  Benign prostatic hyperplasia usually does not cause straining, small stools or pain.  Your veterinarian will be able to perform a rectal examination and assess whether the prostate is enlarged.  Radiographs may also indicate that the prostate is enlarged.  An ultrasonographic examination and additional tests such as a urine culture, semen evaluation, or prostatic aspirate, will give further information as to whether the enlarged prostate appears to be due to some other disease process such as infection or cancer.  Fluid from the prostate can be attained and assessed under the microscope to help rule out other causes of prostatic enlargement.  

What is the treatment?

The permanent treatment for this disease is castration.  Studies have shown that the size of the prostate decreases 70% nine weeks post castration.  If castration is not an option, there are some medical ways to manage the disease.  However, many of these medications have significant side effects and are not permanent solutions or nearly as effective at decreasing the size of the prostate.  Finasteride, a human drug for prostatic enlargement, is one effective treatment that does not impact fertility.

 

 

Events for Everyone

There are many events on the club calendar for the first half of 2016. Specialties, Hunt Tests, etc. Scheduling for our annual WC/WCX is in progress. If you know about something else that I should add, please let me know. We want to have something for everyone.
 
https://www.cclrc.org/events/calendar/

2016

We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year in 2016. This is a great slide show from Labradors.com

Merry Christmas

 

 We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with joy.

New CCLRC Website

We are excited to announce the launch of our new CCLRC website.  The fresh design brings a new user experience with some modern technology conveniences.

There were several goals with the new design:

  • Modern look
  • User Friendly Interface
  • Distributed Web Maintenance/Authoring to allow more people to update content
  • Mobile friendly
  • Online store integration to allow payment for membership renewal, Club Spirit-wear, etc
  • Easy to use event calendar
  • Members only section for content restricted to club members
  • Integration with social media

With the new website, we are also launching a new public facing Facebook Page and a Twitter feed.   These will act as extensions of the website to promote the club to the public.

The original Facebook Group will continue to be used as it has been for discussion purposes.

The website has new content and we have ideas for additional content to be added soon.

Club members will need to register in order to see the restricted content.

We hope you enjoy the new website.  If you experience any issues, please send an email to our web administrator.