Chubs is our pet of the month! Chubs is the MOVEMBER pet of the month because his owners’ prompt action and Dr. Chappell’s prompt diagnosis saved Chubs’ life!
Chubs, an 11 year old Male Intact Shih Tzu Mix, presented to Campbell River Veterinary Hospital with the symptom of straining to urinate, and of no urine coming out when he lifted his leg despite frequent attempts.
Dr. Chappell did a thorough physical exam and a full medical work-up which included bloodwork, urinalysis, and x-rays. Chubs’ x-rays revealed that his prostate was enlarged, and was pressing on his urethra so that he couldn’t pass urine. The question still remained, why was his prostate so large?
Dr. Chappell used an ultrasound to locate the prostate, and a long needle to take a sample from the prostate for culture and microscope exam. While we waited for results, a urinary catheter was passed so that Chubs could pass urine.
Dr. Chappell’s medical work-up paid off: the results were indicative of benign prostate hyperplasia - which can be cured forever by neutering! Chubs was brought in for his little nip-and-tuck; he was neutered shortly after being diagnosed and began urinating on his own just days later. Chubs is doing great and is now an advocate for canine prostatic health!