Prostatopexy as a treatment for urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence in male dogs
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2006
Journal of Small Animal Practice
Volume 46, Issue 12, pages 567–570, December 2005
How to Cite
Holt, P. E., Coe, R. J. and Moore, A. H. (2005), Prostatopexy as a treatment for urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence in male dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 46: 567–570. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2005.tb00287.x
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2006
Objectives: The incidence of urinary incontinence due to urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI) in male dogs is relatively rare compared with the incidence in bitches, but the medical management of USMI in male dogs is less rewarding than in bitches. Attempts have been made to manage this condition surgically using either urethral bulking agents such as Teflon or by relocating the intrapelvic bladder neck to an intra-abdominal position by vas deferentopexy. This paper reports the response to prostatopexy in male dogs with USMI.
Methods: The response to prostatopexy was determined in nine severely incontinent male dogs with USMI that were followed up for periods ranging from 10 months to five years (mean 2.3 years).
Results: One dog was cured, four were improved, and no improvement in the frequency or degree of urinary incontinence occurred in the remaining four animals. No complications were seen in any of the dogs.
Clinical Significance: Prostatopexy may provide a further method of treating male dogs with USMI that do not respond to medical therapy.