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The course of treatment your veterinarian prescribes will vary with the underlying cause of the prostatomegaly. Surgical castration is indicated in symptomatic dogs with benign enlargement. Acute (sudden and severe) infection, with bacterial prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland), will usually be resolved with antimicrobial medication.
Surgical drainage is indicated for dogs with prostatic abscess or large prostatic cysts.
External beam radiotherapy may provide relief of pain in patients with prostatic carcinoma. The medications your veterinarian prescribes will be suited to the specific needs of your dog.
Your veterinarian will want to perform additional abdominal radiographs or prostatic ultrasonography to assess whether the treatments are working and progress is being made. Urine and prostatic fluid cultures will also be conducted to assess whether the antimicrobial treatment is working in patients with bacterial prostatitis.
Examination through feeling
The gland around the urethra that secretes the fluid to allow sperm to move about
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The transformation of a mature tissue into another type of mature tissue
An inflammation of the prostate gland
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
The result of a malignant growth of the tissue of the epithelial gland.
Out of proportion or unbalanced; may also be referred to as unsymmetrical.
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.