While the Movember campaign during November highlights the issue of prostate disease in men, St Clair Veterinary Care is taking part in Canine Prostate Awareness Month (CPAM), also held during November, and we are urging owners of elderly, unneutered dogs to get their pet checked for prostate problems too.
Research shows that over 80% of unneutered dogs over five years old are likely to suffer from prostate disease. Whilst symptoms such as constipation, lameness and difficulty passing urine can occur, usually the dog shows no obvious signs of the disease. However, a simple test can now be done to check for the disease which, if left untreated, can progress quickly, causing serious health problems.
“Prostate disease is a very painful and rather common disease of unneutered dogs as they get older but, in our experience, owners are often unaware of the problems it can cause if left untreated”, explains Rory. “The Movember campaign is a good opportunity to remind dog owners that prostate disease doesn’t just affect men. Fortunately, both testing for it and treating it is usually simple and inexpensive and will ensure their dog continues to live a happy, healthy and pain free life.
I will be wearing a moustache while consulting throughout Movember to raise awareness of the issue. We’ll also be giving a free dog lead to any owners who book their dog in for a prostate check during November (while stocks last) and look forward to discussing any concerns people may have about how this condition may be affecting their dog.”
For further information on Canine Prostate Awareness Month or to book an appointment, contact the practice on 01670 45 72 71