X-Ray Showing Prostate Cancer (Photo Credit: Washington State University)
Reader Question on Dog Prostate Problems
I have a 14-year-old German Shepherd which I took in when he was 5 - a stray. He's been an absolute joy! I have several other dogs and cats all of which are spayed and neutered. I wanted to have him neutered when I got him, but because of a heart murmur, the vet thought he was best left alone - especially since he showed no signs of aggression and all my other pets were altered.
About a year ago he started showing signs of a prostate problem -unable to urinate and just drops while straining. Because of his heart problem, I was very nervous about having him neutered and since I'd read so much about using saw palmetto and stinging nettles for prostate problems, I gave it a try and "it worked" wonderfully for 6 mos. All of a sudden it didn't do the job and he was again unable to urinate, so had to make the decision to take a chance and have him neutered.
He did great and had no problems. That was 2 months ago, and just this morning he once again was having difficulty emptying his bladder - just a few drops at a time. Vet now says it could be prostate cancer and not just enlarged prostate.
I'm in a dilemma and my question is: Is it safe to give saw palmetto to a dog that has been neutered - are there any dangerous side effects??? The only option my vet has is giving him a shot of estrogen (which he had given him before he neutered him.)
I'm not fond of doing that as I'd much prefer using something natural - ie saw palmetto and stinging nettles.
Please reply asap and thank you so much for the opportunity to write for advice.