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Englarged Prostate in Dogs and Cats

Enlarged Prostate in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of an enlarged prostate glands and prostatitis infections in dogs and cats.

Our pet’s bodies are comprised of a complicated yet interdependent set of systems in which one organ or system affects another. Plant botanicals can restore imbalance and rehabilitation to the digestive, renal, hepatic, metabolic, endocrine, and urinary systems and attention is given to whole body support, which is essential when treating dysfunction or disease in the kidneys, liver, bladder, digestive, reproductive or urinary tract.

The metabolic system is complex, involving organs such as the thyroid, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. The endocrine system has an interesting web of interactions with different organs in the body, and helps to regulate the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes, to increase testosterone levels and balance hormone levels, and to support the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Male dogs and cats have a prostate gland just like men do. In order to understand the implications of prostate problems such as an enlarged prostate, one has to have an understanding of the location and anatomy of the prostate.

The prostate gland is found in male pets only. It is small, consists of two lobes and lies just behind the bladder, surrounding the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis and out of the body) and below the rectum.

Its function is to produce prostatic fluids that provide nourishment for sperm cells to the penis during breeding. The prostate begins to develop before your pet reaches puberty, which is determined by the male hormone known as testosterone that will occur in unneutered animals. By the age of two years old, the prostate gland reaches its maximum size.

An enlarged prostate develops as a result of the following

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or cystic hyperplasia

Prostatisis (bacterial infection of prostate gland)

Paraprostatic cysts (large fluid-filled sacs connected to the prostate by a thin stalk)

Squamous metaplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland caused by excessive exposure to estrogen)

Prostatic abscess (a pocket of infected fluid develops within the prostate and is a severe form of prostatitis).

Prostatic neoplasia (tumors of the prostate gland)

When a male pet is neutered most of the prostate gland is removed and as a result prostate problems seldom occur. Enlarged prostates often affect older intact male animals. When an intact dog or cat grows older, their hormone levels – testosterone and estrogen change and cause the prostate gland to swell. A swollen prostate gland causes extreme discomfort and pain, and makes urinating and defecating for your pet very difficult.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia to promote prostate health, healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, functioning as a tonic to provide symptomatic relief for an enlarged prostate, functioning also as a lymphatic cleanser and blood purifier and helping to support the immune system.

Tinkle Tonic  (learn more) treats prostate disorders, supports urinary tract and prostate health and reduces prostrate symptoms including Prostatitis and Benign Hyperplasia Prostate disease (BHP), promotes prostate gland health, a healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, reduces swollen and enlarged prostrate glands, promotes strong and healthy urine flow, relieves pain, discomfort and difficulty when urinating; for incomplete urination, increased frequency of urination or reduction in the volume of urine, relieves painful and strained defecation, increases circulation and strengthens the immune system; for urinary incontinence and weakened bladders.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS).

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to treat urinary tract infections (bladder and kidney infections; for kidney and liver disease; tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health; reduces uric acid levels in urine; increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation (urine pH balance); for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative); helps to safely remove stones from the body. This product has been proven to be 94% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, and all types of stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

Break It Up  (learn more) helps to eliminate liver, kidney, bladder and gall stones, crystals, grains and gravel (calcium oxalate, struvite, uric acid, cystine, calcium phosphate and silica stones ) with less pain and safely removes them from the body; helps to treat bladder and kidney infections (urinary infections) and diseases, balances and normalizes liver enzyme levels, reduces uric acid and increases urination, for cystitis and prostatitis, infectious hepatitis and leptospirosis, Fatty Liver Disease, (hepatic lipidosis), Feline cholangiohepatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Intestinal Dysbiosis and Intestinal Hypermerability. This product has been proven to be 90% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

Helpful suggestions to help maintain prostate health:

Neuter your pet in the first year of his life to prevent and control prostate problems

Take your pet out frequently to urinate to relieve discomfort and prevent urinary tract infections. Keep in min that it may be difficult for a pet with an enlarged prostate to urinate all at once

Encourage your pet to drink more water so that h can urinate more often

Do not over exercise pets with prostate problems as this will worsen symptoms and cause pain to the prostate

If your pet has difficulty defecating, talk to your vet about a natural stool softener or use a natural herbal remedy to help relieve constipation

Feed your dog or cat a premium, holistic diet that contains the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals that does not include corn, wheat, soy or inferior proteins, colorants, preservatives or other chemical additives

Add immune-building supplements into your pet’s diet to strengthen the immune system

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of an enlarged prostate is based on symptoms, a thorough physical examination which may include  a rectal exam and a review of your pet’s medical history. Tests may be performed including a urinalysis, urine culture, blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound and biopsy may be performed to confirm a diagnosis.

The treatment recommended for an enlarged prostate is neutering at an early age, usually before puberty to prevent the normal growth of the prostate. If your pet is neutered later in life, after the testosterone is removed, the prostate gland will shrink.

Depending on the cause and diagnosis, treatment of an enlarged prostate may involve intravenous fluids, intravenous antibiotics, urinary catheterization, pain medications and enemas. More serious cases may also require surgery.

 

 

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