Pets can suffer prostate problems too warns vet

Hannah Marshall, Head Veterinary Nurse at The Pet Vet in Balby, and her dog Chunk, who are raising awareness of prostate illnesses in dogs.

Hannah Marshall, Head Veterinary Nurse at The Pet Vet in Balby, and her dog Chunk, who are raising awareness of prostate illnesses in dogs.

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IT is almost that time again when razors go out the window and men start adorning facial hair for charity Movember.

But on Balby-based vet is reminding people the reason they are growing a handlebar or poirot style tash - prostate cancer - can also affect their pet pooches too.

While the Movember campaign during November highlights the issue of prostate disease in men, Paul Bromley from The Pet Vet in Balby says that the practice is taking part in Canine Prostate Awareness Month (CPAM), also held during November, and is urging owners of elderly and unneutered dogs to get their pet checked for prostate problems too.

The vet, based on Balby Road, is now offering health checks throughout November to ensure beloved dogs are not at risk of serious prostate related illness.

He says that research shows more than 80 per cent of unneutered dogs over five years old are likely to suffer from prostate disease.

Owners should be on the look out for symptoms such as constipation, lameness and difficulty urinating, but in many cases the dog shows no obvious signs of 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.

Veterinary surgeon and surgery owner Paul, who has more than 20-years experience, said: “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. “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.”

“We’ll be giving a free dog lead to any owners who book their dog in for a check during November, whilst stocks last and look forward to meeting them and discussing any concerns they may have.”

For further information on Canine Prostate Awareness Month or to book an appointment, call 01302 325608.