Michael Parkey Posted September 16, 2021 Report Share Posted September 16, 2021 Levi went to the veterinarian earlier this week for annual vaccinations. Since he is intact, our vet did a digital rectal exam and found a "slightly" or "somewhat" enlarged prostate gland. Levi is asymptomatic and otherwise very healthy. We decided to do another exam in 3 months to determine if there is any change. Of course the normal treatment for intact dogs with enlarged prostate glands is castration. Levi is not registered and we never intend to breed him. We did not castrate him because of concerns about health effects of early neutering, but he is beyond that now. We have had many intact dogs, none of them ever developed the much exaggerated behavior problems predicted for intact males. On the other hand, some of our castrated dogs have had problems with obesity if their diet was not carefully controlled. So we have two courses of action. One, castrate him soon. Two, wait and see if the enlargement worsens and/or he develops any of the possible symptoms or secondary problems. I do not want to castrate him because I want to avoid the risk and pain of surgery if possible. But the big reason is, I really do not want his behavior and disposition to change. Levi's personality is a perfect match for us: friendly, confident, affectionate, curious, athletic, and smart. He is calm when he needs to be and full of energy when the situation calls for it. So, my questions are: 1. What medical experiences have you had with enlarged prostate in intact dogs? 2. If you have castrated a dog of this age, did you see any changes in behavior or disposition? We have some time to make the decision, and the second exam may make it for us. But I would like to have input from experienced BC people. Thank you! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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