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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Straining to Urinate in a Year Old Male--Do I neuter him?

I'd love some advice on an ongoing issue with my 13 month old Jackson. From the time he was about 6 months Jackson has had "spells" where he alternatively strains to urinate and cannot control his urination. He will try to urinate for 15 minutes not be able to go and then later have an accident. He is house trained. This is something he cannot control. The first time it happened he was tested, diagnosed and treated with a urinary tract infection. Each subsequent time, he has not had an infection, but has been treated with antibiotics several times. He gets better whether or not he is treated.

Yesterday I had him to a specialist for an ultrasound, xrays and blood work. The blood work is not back but the ultrasound and xrays show no physical abnormalities except a "slightly" enlarged prostate that is more "pear shaped" than normal shaped.

As a preliminary discussion before all the tests are in, the vet suggested that Jackson may have a prostate infection that can be treated with different antibiotics. She then recommends neutering Jackson so that his prostate will shrink. I have always intended to neuter Jackson but was waiting until at least 18 months for growth reasons.

Jackson also has a really unsteady back end. I wanted to give him every opportunity to grow normally. However, I really don't like the accidents in the house. Would he still get some of the benefits of waiting to neuter at 13 months? Any thoughts?
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he's passed puberty which
seals the growth plates
in the legs
bones and their growth
is the main reason to wait
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I'd leave him till your desired age to neuter. Give him saw palmetto, or request finasteride from your vet. That will address hormone induced inflammation, and there should be noticeable shrinkage in 3 weeks. If it's an infection then antibiotics take a long time to reach the prostate.

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There is a new treatment, kinda compromise between leaving the male intact and neutering. It is a shot (forgot the name) that the vet gives into the scrotum. It sterilizes the dog, and takes out 50% of testosterone production. You may ask your vet about this.
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Going a bit against board grain here. But an inability to urinate is crazy serious. In fact we put a 3 yo dog down yesterday because if it.

If neutering is going to help, neuter the dog. If by keeping him intact you are actually risking his life, well then I see no other choice. This is not something you can pontificate about. This is a serious medical issue.

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This is potentially deadly
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Sounds like a Uti

No need to neuter for that.

Start giving a high quality vitamin C and cranberry extract supplement.

Give extra water by adding Meat broth to his drinking water. Aim to flush out his bladder to try to clear any infection or crystals.

Check is your water hard or soft and try to use soft water for your dog.

Also start to add Braggs apple cider vinegar to his water.
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The vet already ruled out uti
The problem is enlarged prostate
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Update on Jackson. Blood work: Normal. Urinalysis: normal.

Still waiting on a urine culture and some kind of gastrointestinal test. Looking more and more like it's the prostate--although they admit his symptoms are strange.

Thanks for all of the advice. I feel better about having him neutered if it comes to that.
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I don't know if this has any relevance to Jackson's issue, but might be something to think about.

I know of a GSD that developed difficulty with urinating for a few weeks. The owner insists the problem with not being able to urinate came about at the same time the GSD was vaccinated and given heart and all worm medication, all around the same time. He felt that there was too much chemicals going into the blood stream and this caused his dog not being able to wee.

With the compromise between leaving the male intact and neutering, this treatment is called chemical castration.

if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.

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