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Hi all,

Our 10 year old boy (11 in April) has suspected prostate cancer - enlarged prostate, frequency of going to the toilet (both) and not much coming out, and straining. He is castrated which leads vet to believe he has cancer. The only way to be sure is to have a CT scan but that is £1500 and all it is going to tell us is yes or no. It’s not like we can treat him if he has it. The only glimmer of hope, according to the vet, is that his prostate is smooth with no lumps, and as people say, cancer feels ugly. So he is having a course Ypozone to see if that reduces the prostate - unlikely, but worth a try.

So, brings me to my question is there any food or diet that would help soften his stools? He is fed on Acana Wild Prairie with supplemented food such as freshly cooked chicken, mince, eggs etc. He is a fussy eater at the best of times. Over the last couple of weeks we have been feeding him by hand.

If the Ypozane doesn’t work then we will move to make sure he is as comfortable and pain free as possible. To look at him you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong - I took for a walk after his first round of painkillers and he was bouncing around like a puppy.

Any advice guidance appreciated.

Thanks, Mark
 

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As a prostate cancer sufferer I can sympathise with him.

It's not a question of softening the stools, this is not the problem. The problem is that the urinary tract runs straight through the centre of the prostate. The cancer causes the prostate to swell, which then presses on the urinary tract shutting the flow off to a greater or lessor extent. The problem is, that if untreated it will shut off the flow completely. Talking humans, there is a medication you can take to slow down the swelling, (but not completely arrest it.) There is an operation, TURP procedure which bores out the centre of the prostate to help the flow. But of course that does not eliminate the cancer, so it's not a cure. As to a cure, there are two possibilities. 1/ remove the prostate, (we dont actually need it to live.) or 2/ Radiation treatment. Seven and a half weeks of treatment every day on a machine at Churchill hospital. (I elected for the radiation treatment.)

But getting back to dogs, I doubt the TURP operation is a possibility, certainly as micro surgery it would be very specialised if it is. Also Radiation treatment would be a non starter, so we are down to removal of the prostate. This is quite a common operation. But it may not be necessary, particularly with an 11 year old dog. Ypozane is a female hormone which aims to shrink the prostate. (In humans it's given as a course of injections at 3 month intervals.) By shrinking the prostate the urinary tract should open a little which will alleviate the present problem, and with luck the cancer will progress so slowly that it will never become a problem.
 

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I'd also like to add, I was never in any pain, at least until the flow was shut off completely, so there is no reason to believe your boy is. But I did have to get up several times during the night to answer the call of nature, and it's likely your boy will too in time, which in his case could result in floor wetting. But honestly, It's not being naughty, or even lazy, he will not be able to help it.
 

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Hi John,

Thank you so much for your informative and comprehensive reply - very helpful!

The vet said that removing his prostate would almost certainly cause incontinence, as can certain medications.

Fingers crossed the Ypozane shrinks the prostate enough to alleviate his problems.

I do hope you are well

Many thanks,
Mark
 

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I took the opportunity here to talk about human prostate cancer because it is so important. it's the single biggest killer of men! But these days there are treatments available. It's not something that men like talking about, even to their doctor, but they must! caught early it can now be treated and not be the death sentence that it was. But catching early is the operative word. Ignore the signs and allow it to get a hold and you might as well book your funeral! I know thats not a nice thing to say, but it's so important to catch it early. When I retired from work I had to see my doctor about an unrelated thing and just happened to mention to him that I was having to get up more often during the night. He made an appointment for me at the hospital to see a specialist. Biopsies were taken which showed low grade cell change, but not yet cancerous. They put me on meds and yearly PSA tests and it was another 8 years before treatment became necessary. OK, treatment at hospital every day for seven and a half weeks it tough, 4 to 5 hours a time plus traveling. But they organised it so we stayed with the same group of patience every day, so we soon got to know each other and it became a bit of a party each day, so it was not as bad as it could have been.
 

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Thanks John for sharing your experience. And glad your treatment was successful.
I hadn't realized that dogs suffer from prostate cancer as well as we humans, but it makes sense.
 

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Hi John,

Thank you so much for your informative and comprehensive reply - very helpful!

The vet said that removing his prostate would almost certainly cause incontinence, as can certain medications.

Fingers crossed the Ypozane shrinks the prostate enough to alleviate his problems.

I do hope you are well

Many thanks,
Mark
Hi all,

Our 10 year old boy (11 in April) has suspected prostate cancer - enlarged prostate, frequency of going to the toilet (both) and not much coming out, and straining. He is castrated which leads vet to believe he has cancer. The only way to be sure is to have a CT scan but that is £1500 and all it is going to tell us is yes or no. It’s not like we can treat him if he has it. The only glimmer of hope, according to the vet, is that his prostate is smooth with no lumps, and as people say, cancer feels ugly. So he is having a course Ypozone to see if that reduces the prostate - unlikely, but worth a try.

So, brings me to my question is there any food or diet that would help soften his stools? He is fed on Acana Wild Prairie with supplemented food such as freshly cooked chicken, mince, eggs etc. He is a fussy eater at the best of times. Over the last couple of weeks we have been feeding him by hand.

If the Ypozane doesn’t work then we will move to make sure he is as comfortable and pain free as possible. To look at him you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong - I took for a walk after his first round of painkillers and he was bouncing around like a puppy.

Any advice guidance appreciated.

Thanks, Mark
re diet:
As ever, John’s posts are very informative & I would absolutely agree with the sentiment ( husband similarly afflicted) I do have to say though, that there is tremendous difference between species in the anatomy of the prostate gland. Your dog may well get constipated before urinary obstruction occurs. Keep his faeces soft- try playing with the amount of fibre in his food. You may find a small amount of all bran helps.
 

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re diet:
As ever, John’s posts are very informative & I would absolutely agree with the sentiment ( husband similarly afflicted) I do have to say though, that there is tremendous difference between species in the anatomy of the prostate gland. Your dog may well get constipated before urinary obstruction occurs. Keep his faeces soft- try playing with the amount of fibre in his food. You may find a small amount of all bran helps.
He was straining a lot, so the vet put him on Lactulose which softens the stools and he seems a lot better.

He has finished his course of Ypozone, so I guess we will have to wait and see on the 3rd March, when he visits the vet next, if it has worked. 🤞
 

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He was straining a lot, so the vet put him on Lactulose which softens the stools and he seems a lot better.

He has finished his course of Ypozone, so I guess we will have to wait and see on the 3rd March, when he visits the vet next, if it has worked. 🤞
Hope he’s feeling better now 🤞
 
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