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Dr. Debra – Can an enlarged prostate cause my dog to loose all control in his hind legs?
Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking can an enlarged prostate cause your dog to loose all control in the hind legs? Generally, an enlarged prostate can cause urinary problems – such as straining to urinate, frequency, urinating small amounts or signs of constipation. It can also cause abdominal pain in some dogs. This article may be helpful – go to Prostatomegaly (Enlarged Prostate)
Loss of use of the rear legs is not a common signs unless the prostate enlargement is cancerous and it has grown or metastasized causing the paralysis.
Common causes of loss of use of the rear legs are:
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) – Thoracolumbar Area in Dogs.
Fibrocartilaginous Embolic Myelopathy (FCE).
Acute Polyradiculoneuritis (Coonhound Paralysis).
I'd recommend that your dog be examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Best of luck!
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