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Old 06-20-2013, 07:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Prostate enlargement-- anyone use Proscar with success?

It turned out that Hans had an enlarged prostate and a fever.

For anyone that didn't see the thread I started, it is here:

How early would you see DM?

He has had an enlarged prostate before, but no fever.

These things have been going on now for almost 10 months. He had an impacted anal gland because of prostate enlargement.


Any advice on how to handle this-- supplements or medication -- would be very much appreciated.

I have searched the forum and found one reference on Proscar for dogs, but no feedback from people who actually used this.
Would this help with the inflammation and keep it at bay until he is older?
Any reason not to use it?

I am devastated, because I wanted to wait until he was at least two, ideally three, before we neuter him.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just posted in your thread a couple of weeks ago about Rusty having a enlarged prostate last summer, then he was fine after a check a few weeks later. The vet said not to rush to neuter because of that one incident and that we would keep an eye out.

I had him at the vets recently because I was afraid he had a impacted anal gland (the way he was holding himself & pooping was a red flag for me), which he didn't but the vet checked his prostate and it was enlarged again. He said it's shaped fine, just enlarged and he also had a slight fever. Of course there is a concern of PF with an enlarged prostate and that is a huge concern for me. The vet said there is absolutely no sign of them...his butt looks good for a lack of a better word.

I have no experience with Proscar but after a lengthy conversation with my vet he's getting neutered next Wednesday He is 3.

I'm sorry your dealing with this, I know Hans is a lot younger than my boy. I hope you get some good feedback.
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Thanks Courtney. Not what I wanted to hear.

I just heard back from the breeder, who says he should be neutered. I am so sad.
The good news is, that today he was more chipper than he has been in a long time, hopped right out of his pen, (usually he steps out one back leg at a time gingerly,) and after he peed for two minutes instead of ten seconds, he proceeded to have the zoomies.

Poor guy. He's feeling so much better.

I can't believe that I will have to have him neutered so soon.
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I also contacted my breeder & she said neuter as well. I am also bummed because I believe intact dogs benefit health wise from being ...well left intact.

But I always said a risk to his quality of life...enlarged prostate not fun for him, uncomfortable & painful there will be no question he will be neutered.

Hey, our boys will be fine

Glad to hear Hans perked up today....zoomies good sign!
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Courtney, I found something!

And I think this might be what saves us. This is the drug that was mentioned in the other thread, that is prescribed in Germany.

Ypozane.

You only have to give it to the dog for seven days and it lasts for five months.
It is only available in Europe, but I am traveling there in a couple of weeks.
This might be just what I need to get him through the next year.

Here's the link.

https://www.myhealthbox.eu/en/medici...ypozane/783735
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Thank you for the PM and information. Very interesting!
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An update, in case someone has the same problems.

I managed to contact the OP from this old thread, regarding what they do in Germany for young dogs with this problem.

Prostate problem? Yuck!

She said she gave Grimm a course of this medication (7 days) and never had a problem again.

I had my vet look into it (the name is Ypozane,) and he said it was worth a try, so we will be getting it and giving it to him for 7 days, when we return, if necessary.
So far, the treatment with Sulfa is making him feel much better. We go for a checkup later this week.
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Checkup tomorrow.

Antibiotics working great, but I have read he needs to be on them for over 3 weeks, not 10 days. Hopefully the vet will agree, as I want to see this infection gone.
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my male takes finasteride (Proscar). Complete resolution of his prostate issues in short order. He had a 7cm cyst and countless smaller cysts. 49ml of fluid came of the large cyst via ultrasound guided needle. in three weeks of finasteride the smaller cysts were gone and the large cyst was below 1cm across and very "deflated" in appearance (not holding fluid). Finasteride is for benign prostate hyperplasia... something that is estimated to effect 80 to 100% of all males that are intact (be those males of the canine variety or of the human variety). It is *NOT* for prostate infections... however agitation of the prostate from BPH could make infection more likely and so there may be both issues
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FYI we've been on finasteride for ~3 years now. We were treated at NC State Veterinary hospital's reproductive dept, and by a specialist in (I forget the word, but the bladder, kidneys, etc). here in charleston. They said they use finasteride all the time. My vet at the time said neuter was the only option. They were incorrect
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