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Month to combat prostate cancer

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Blue november is the month dedicated to raising awareness and combating prostate cancer in men, however, the disease also affects pet dogs and cats, and, therefore, we also have the pet blue november.

The disease can affect males, especially when they do not receive the preventive care necessary for a healthy life.

Find out everything about the campaign and what preventative measures to take to prevent your dog or cat from being affected by the disease.

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What is Blue Pet November?

Just as the month of October was painted pink with Pink Pet October, awareness month for breast cancer in dogs and cats. In November, the color and type of cancer change, but the guidance remains the same.

Therefore, the pet blue november aims to raise awareness guardians regarding the risks and preventive measures for the prostate cancer in cats and dogs.

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What is the function of the prostate?

The prostate is an accessory gland of the male reproductive system that is located in the pelvic cavity.

In younger dogs, it is a certain size, but may increase over the yearsmainly in uncastrated males.

The function of the prostate is to produce the fluid that protects and nourishes the sperm in the semen, making it more liquid, in turn this liquid gives volume to the semen and helps transport the sperm.

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Symptoms of Prostate Cancer in Males

Animals affected by the disease may present the following symptoms:

Fever;

Loss of appetite;

Urethral discharge;

Dor abdominal;

Cold;

Irregularly shaped fecal cake;

Bloody urine;

Stiff gait;

Urinary tenesmus (a lot of effort to urinate with little success).

In more advanced stages of the disease, infections may appear that affect multiple organs of the animal.

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DIAGNOSIS

Have one early diagnosis It makes all the difference in the effectiveness of the treatment on the animal.

In other words, when you notice any symptoms of prostate cancer, take him to a veterinarian immediately.

This is because it will be necessary to analyze the nodule to find out whether it is a malignant or benign tumor and this will require specific tests, such as a biopsy, for example.

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Treatment of prostate cancer in males

Only a specialized professional is able to recommend the most assertive treatment based on the results of the exams and the pet's health conditions.

Generally, for cases of infections, the use of antibiotics is highly recommended.

But, for confirmations of neoplasms (cancer), the Surgical intervention is recommended to remove the lump or prostate.

And, if prostatic hyperplasia is benign and detected early, there is a good chance of an excellent prognosis. Treatment includes castration of the animal, as studies have shown that the prostate shrinks by up to 80% 15 days after castration.

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Prevention

Prevention is essential, as with an early diagnosis, there is a greater chance of cure and less chance of metastasis. Check out the preventive measures below to avoid prostate cancer in dogs and cats.

Castrate the animal, preferably before puberty;

Take him to the veterinarian regularly for preventive exams;

Provide your pet with nutritious diets.

Provide dogs and cats with basic care to maintain their health and well-being.

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Now that you know the great importance of pet blue November, be sure to raise awareness among everyone you know about the seriousness of this disease that can affect dogs and cats.