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Understanding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in Male Dogs

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in unneutered male dogs, particularly in older dogs. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatments of BPH in dogs.


The symptoms of BPH in dogs can be similar to those of other prostate conditions. The most common symptoms include:

  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in urine
  • Difficulty defecating
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.


BPH is caused by an increase in the size of the prostate gland. This increase in size can be due to hormonal changes or aging. BPH is more common in older dogs and certain breeds, such as the Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, and Rottweiler.


The treatment for BPH in dogs depends on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may require monitoring and management of symptoms, while more severe cases may require surgery. Some common treatments for BPH in dogs include:

  • Medications to reduce the size of the prostate gland
  • Antibiotics to treat any secondary infections
  • Surgery to remove the prostate gland

It is important to work with your veterinarian to determine the best treatment plan for your dog.


Q: Can BPH be prevented in dogs?

A: BPH cannot be prevented, but it can be managed with early detection and treatment.

Q: Is BPH in dogs cancerous?

A: BPH is not cancerous, but it can lead to other conditions, such as prostate cancer.

Q: Can neutering prevent BPH in dogs?

A: Neutering can prevent BPH in dogs, but it is not a guarantee. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of neutering with your veterinarian.