BPH in Dogs

 

Overview

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, also known simply as BPH, is a condition where the size of the prostate gland increases. It is the most common prostate disorder in male dogs.

 

Symptoms

BPH often causes no symptoms but as the prostate increases in size it can obstruct your dog’s rectum. This enlargement causes straining during defecation, which will create constipation and fecal impaction. In some cases and enlarging prostate will put pressure on your dog’s urethra, which can cause your dog to strain while urinating. Blood in the urine is one of the signs of BPH and in some cases bloody discharge originating in the urethra.

 

Treatment

BPH is most commonly treated with medications and diet changes, but may also require surgery if the prostate growth causes pain or blockage.

Cost to Treat: $20 to $60 per month for meds, $1,000 to $3,000 if surgery is necessary.

 

If your dog requires surgery or long-term medications to manage his BPH you will spend thousands of dollars on treatment. Pet insurance can help pay for veterinary costs when your dog is sick or injured.

 

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