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Hello, all. It has been a few years since I have been on this site or have posted. As some of you may know Jax was a very sick little puppy when we got him. He turned out to be a healthy boxer at 55lbs. Unfortunately, we found out on New Years Eve that he possibly has prostate cancer. We will find out for sure tomorrow at 4:45 when he goes back for his follow up appointment. So, here is what is going on. Jax started urinating in the house, we took him to the vet and were told that it was because he was not fixed and the vet found a hernia. We scheduled the surgery to get him fixed on January 10th because the vet seemed to think that the hernia was caused by him not being fixed and having an enlarged prostate. During the night on January 30th he was whining and panting. We took him to the vet when they opened on the 31st because he was still winning and panting and we noticed that he was not able to urinate that morning also. The vet did an exam and an xray. The xray showed a mass in his prostate that was causing him problems to urinate and to go #2. She was able to feel the mass during an exam and she said the mass was hard. She did not give us much hope that day, but she gave him some antibiotics, female hormone pills, and a pill for inflammation. We were told if it went down then it was not cancer. We are hoping that it is just BPH from him not being fixed and that he will be OK. He seems to be doing good. He is eating, drinking, and pretty much him normal self. He is also not having trouble urinating anymore, but is still straining a little bit to go #2. Please pray for Jax and his appointment tomorrow. I will post what we find out. If anyone has any experience with this please let us know. Thanks
 

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we are all crossing paws for jax,he deserves it :(
 

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I think it's hard to diagnose. A specialist did a needle biopsy of our last dog's prostate gland, and did it with a special x-ray machine. The cells were not conclusive of cancer, but he had been neutered. Sadly, he went on to have extremely swollen lymph nodes throughout his body. He did not die in any pain, and it was some unusual type of lymphoma. He was 9-1/2. The fact your dog is not neutered gives me more hope it may be something else they can treat. I hate it when they throw out the word cancer without actual proof it is. Ask for a specialist referral, and if they are not offering to do this right away, be wary of that vet.
 

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We are still hoping and praying that he is going to be OK and that it is not the"c" word. My husband and I had already discussed going for a second opinion if we get bad news today. We will know in about 3 hours. The vet who told us possibly cancer was also wrong when he was a puppy. She told us that he wouldn't make it because of how sick he was. Jax is a fighter. He has to be ok. We can not bear to lose another boxer because of cancer within 7 years. Boxers are defiantly the best ,I just wish they were a healthier breed. It sucks to get attached to them as quick as we all do because they are never here long enough.
 

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We got good news today. The mass in Jax's prostate has shrunk. It is now 1/3 of the size that it was when we took him in on New Years Eve. The vet believes that him not being fixed cause his hormones to get out of whack which caused Benign Prostate Hyperlasia. He is scheduled to be fixed on January 10th. Him getting fixed may correct his Perinial Hernia problem, but if not he will be having hernia surgery in a couple of months. We are definitely relieved that he is going to be OK.
 

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Thank you all. I wish we would've been aware of all of the issues that could come with not having your animal neutered, or Jax would've been fixed at 6 months. Jax is an inside dog, so we were not worried about getting him fixed at that time. As a result, the problem has cost us to worry about him, $215, and if he has to have hernia surgery from what we read on the Internet that could be about $1600. But, we are going to pay what we have to pay to have him healthy again because he is such a great dog, and it is our responsibility as pet owners.
 

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Good news. My Internist had said that, with intact dogs, it's most likely benign hyperplasia. Jax is a lucky guy to be in Florida. It's -18 below with the wind chill here in Wisconsin.
 

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Thank you for checking. I couldn't imagine it be that cold in Florida. It was in the low 30''s last night, and raining. Everyone was being warned not to drive because of possible "black ice" conditions. Lol. I don't think many of us would know what to do in situations like that here in Pensacola. I hope you stay warm in Wisconsin, and that it warms up soon for you.
 

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Yep I'm in Louisiana but love Pensacola!! We too are having that cold spell. It was 24 this morning but at least the sun is shining again. Glad when Monday comes and this cold stuff is mostly gone.
 

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Here in Wa. state we have been cold in the teens. calling for winter storm watch this weekend, we shall see if we get the snow they are calling for. We get a lot of rain here in the PNWs so I like the cold less the rain, because I work in the outdoors. so I guess it will be movies, and the Seahawk game.
 
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