Prostatic hyperplasia

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Advanced prostatic hyperplasia in a dog[1]

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostatomegaly) is a common prostate disease of older, entire dogs.

This disease is a benign, naturally developing, age-related condition in dogs as a result of testosterone-induced hyperplasia of prostatic epithelial and mesenchymal structures[2], with little change in the collagen supportive structures[3]. These physiological alterations can be found in more than 95 % of aged intact male dogs[4].

The process by which the circulating testosterone acts within the prostate to cause hyperplasia is not fully understood[5] but may be related to a chronic inflammatory process.

Clinically affected dogs are older (usually over 5 years of age), entire males with tenesmus, flattened faeces, constipation or hematuria[6].

Diagnosis is relatively easy using rectal examination of ultrasonographic studies. Ultrasound guided biopsy may be required to ascertain a definitive diagnosis.

A differential diagnosis would include prostatitis and prostatic adenocarcinoma.

Treatment usually requires orchidectomy (castration) but hormonal suppression of testicular function with GnRH-depot-analogues such as suprelorin have proven effective[7].

Clinical symptoms of dysuria may be ameliorated with the use of silodosin, a uroselective α-1-adrenergic antagonist[8].

The use of experimental radiation therapy shows great promise but is mainly restricted to large referral practices[9].


  1. University of Guelph
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  9. Zhao P et al (2011) Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy of spontaneous benign prostatic hyperplasia in canines. Oncol Res 19(5):225-235