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Old 09-08-2018, 01:21 PM
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14 year old dog with prostate problems

Looking for any input on my situation. My 14-year-old Yorkie Poo just went through a huge health scare. We found out at his regular vet appointment in May that his prostate is very enlarged. He had an ultrasound and they said there were cysts on it. He was on antibiotics for a couple weeks and seemed to be doing much better. Side note, he's not neutered. I know that I should have had it done when he was younger but I didn't and I can't turn back time. He has a bad heart murmur now so they are afraid to put him under to neuter him. A couple of weeks ago he took a turn for the worse. We took him to the vet because he kept trying to have a bowel movement and couldn't, was throwing up and eventually started peeing blood. The vet ran bloodwork and said he had an infection in his prostate again as well as a UTI. He gave him a shot of convenia and rimadyl and put him on IV fluids. Unfortunately those two medicines caused his kidneys to start failing. He was on IV fluids for a week but finally his kidneys started to recover. He's home now and seems to be doing great. He was on a lot of medication but now is just on Baytril for six weeks. His appetite is great but the Baytril does make him a bit nauseous. Every so often he'll kind of regurgitate liquid. He's not heaving. He'll just be standing there and all the sudden it'll come up. I did have to switch him from his Blue wet food to Cesars to get him to eat. He absolutely refused to eat the Blue and it was getting thrown out. He loves the Cesars. I know it's not as good for him as the Blue but I'd rather him eat. He's drinking a lot more and peeing a lot. The strange thing that's happening now is he's peeing in his sleep. It's happened 3 times now. I've been getting up with him a couple times at night and making him go out. But again, this morning when we woke up he was laying in his pee. Not just a few drops either. It's a puddle of pee (not fun when he sleeps on the bed with us). I've read that this can happen with a UTI but he's been on antibiotics (more than 1 kind) for the past 2 weeks. How long does it take to get over one? The other weird thing that happens (it's happened before this health scare) is that he'll get an erection but his penis doesn't come out of the sheath. He'll just stand there hunched over and acting like he's in pain. It sounds really crazy but I actually have to put lube on my hand and help pull back the sheath so the erection will go down. Has anyone ever dealt with any of these issues? There's really nothing that can be done now for his prostate other than the antibiotics since he can't be put under for neutering. He gets Miralax once a day to keep his stool soft because his prostate is so large that there's not much room for bowel movements. I now know that neutering would have prevented this but I can't change that. Other than the prostate related issue and the heart murmur he's in great shape. He's very active and doesn't look or act like he's 14 1/2. We got him at 4 months old after I became disabled and he's been my baby ever since. He's always by my side. He wakes up from a sound sleep every few minutes just to check and make sure I'm still in the room with him. If I've left for any reason he'll get up and go looking for me until he finds me. Sorry for the long post. I just need to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this with their dog and if I'm doing everything right.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:24 PM
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Sounds like you're doing what you can to help him get better as much as he can. Being there for him is important. You're clearly his family and who he trusts, so that alone helps a lot. You said he's very active and that's another helpful thing for him and a good sign.

I don't have any answers for you, I just wanted to let you know I read your post and I'm concerned about how he's doing, but also happy to hear that you're doing what you can.
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Thank you. I worry about him so much. When you get them as puppies you never think about the fact that their life will end so much sooner than yours. The last 14 1/2 years have flown by so fast. I pray that I have several more years with him.
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