Australian Shepherd with Prostate Cancer
Joe Powder - White Aussie
I have an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd, named Joe Powder, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 2 weeks ago. When I took him to my vet her couldn't urinate or defecate and was in really bad shape. After draining his bladder the vet did an ultrasound and was able to see the mass on one side of the prostate and determined that the tumor was pushing down on his urethra and colon. He performed a needle biopsy and found some suspicious cells.
It was decided to put my dog on Prednisone (20mg) once a day along with Valium (10mg) as needed. Within hours, I took Joe out for for a walk and he was able to pee and pass some stool. My vet was really surprised that Joe got some relief so quickly and let me take Joe home.
Joe was wobbly for a day or two, but is now eating well, drinking gallons of water due to the Prednisone and eating anything that is offered. This last week I have added Essiac herbal compound and Hemp seed oil.
My concern at this time is that Joe is unable to hold his urine and it is freaking him out. I have decided to withhold the Valium and hope that his over expanded bladder can regain some tone. I have been looking into saw palmetto as a possible remedy for the prostate and bladder issues.
I am treating him to improve his quality of life for as long as he has with me, but not giving up on a remission. I would look forward to any input from others who may have been through this heartbreaking situation.
Thanks for your interest.
(Submitted Friday, March 29, 2013)