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02-16-2014 08:43 AM
CMorton
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Originally Posted by UbetchaJackson View Post
CMorton. Thank you for the information. I've had several folks look at Jackson's unsteady back end but this specialist was only internal medicine. I discussed a referral to an internal medicine specialist vs a neurologist with my vet and decided to start with internal medicine--the logic being that the urination issues are more bothersom to me and Jackson does not seem to be in any pain from his unsteady back end. Also if the issue is internal medicine related rather than neurological it seemed more likely we could find a treatment. I hate to spend 2k on an MRI only to find there is nothing we can do. My thought was if they didn't find a cause we'd move on to neurological. I think my fear is that his issues are neurological, but I'm holding out hope that neutering might fix this.
That logic makes perfect sense :-)
Usually urinary issues aren't neurologic but working in a specialty practice I tend to see the weird stuff from time to time (as well as own some pets with weird issues).
Hopefully neutering him will solve the problem if it's prostate-based.
02-16-2014 08:07 AM
UbetchaJackson
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Originally Posted by Sunflowers View Post
In our case, it was the UTI that caused the large prostate. The problem with prostate infections is that that gland is very well protected and it is very hard for antibiotic medication to penetrate the barrier. They are notoriously hard to treat.
Sunflowers, the I read your previous posts about issues with Hans and some of his symptoms sound similar to Jackson's. Jackson doesn't appear to have the walking issues you describe and I wouldn't say he lacks energy, but he really doesn't like to go on walks. Dog park yes, walk no.

Anyway it was difficult for me to understand what the drug you found was a treatment for... enlarged prostate but not infection??

As of yet Jackson doesn't have a diagnosis of an infection, but we are waiting on the urine culture...his last test. Thanks for the info on Hans. I'm glad he is doing well.
02-16-2014 07:54 AM
UbetchaJackson
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Originally Posted by CMorton View Post
Is he still straining to urinate?
If indeed a prostate infection those can be a PITA to treat, esp if it gets worse.
Did you address the unsteady backend with your specialist?
If it's a prostate infection I would neuter. I understand wanting to wait until at least 18 months, I usually do the same, but a prostate infection in a dog his age is not normal.
Sometimes straining to urinate could indicate an issue with the nerves leading into the bladder but you don't usually see that with a dog of his age. But I would make sure to address the unsteady backend, and make sure a thorough neuro exam is done.
CMorton. Thank you for the information. I've had several folks look at Jackson's unsteady back end but this specialist was only internal medicine. I discussed a referral to an internal medicine specialist vs a neurologist with my vet and decided to start with internal medicine--the logic being that the urination issues are more bothersom to me and Jackson does not seem to be in any pain from his unsteady back end. Also if the issue is internal medicine related rather than neurological it seemed more likely we could find a treatment. I hate to spend 2k on an MRI only to find there is nothing we can do. My thought was if they didn't find a cause we'd move on to neurological. I think my fear is that his issues are neurological, but I'm holding out hope that neutering might fix this.
02-15-2014 10:42 AM
Sunflowers
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Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
just by the by
an enlarged prostate interfering with peeing
can also cause a uti
because the bladder isn't emptying
like it should
In our case, it was the UTI that caused the large prostate. The problem with prostate infections is that that gland is very well protected and it is very hard for antibiotic medication to penetrate the barrier. They are notoriously hard to treat.
02-15-2014 10:40 AM
Sunflowers We had similar problems. I just updated an old thread of mine. If I had not been able to give him medication, I definitely would have neutered.

I will say that he never had such severe problems urinating as yours does.

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...r-success.html
02-15-2014 09:21 AM
CMorton Is he still straining to urinate?
If indeed a prostate infection those can be a PITA to treat, esp if it gets worse.
Did you address the unsteady backend with your specialist?
If it's a prostate infection I would neuter. I understand wanting to wait until at least 18 months, I usually do the same, but a prostate infection in a dog his age is not normal.
Sometimes straining to urinate could indicate an issue with the nerves leading into the bladder but you don't usually see that with a dog of his age. But I would make sure to address the unsteady backend, and make sure a thorough neuro exam is done.
02-14-2014 09:39 PM
my boy diesel just by the by
an enlarged prostate interfering with peeing
can also cause a uti
because the bladder isn't emptying
like it should
02-14-2014 09:04 PM
Harry and Lola 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.
02-14-2014 08:50 PM
UbetchaJackson 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.
02-13-2014 03:18 PM
my boy diesel The vet already ruled out uti
The problem is enlarged prostate
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