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Dear Daisy Dog

Zeus, our nine-year-old Rottweiler, has a prostatic abscess for which the vet recommends surgery. Can’t we just give him antibiotics?

Daisy Responds

An abscess is a sealed pocket of pus that allows almost no antibiotics to enter. So while antibiotics are necessary in the treatment of prostatic abscesses, they are rarely effective alone.

You’ve undoubtedly heard about lancing an abscess. When the abscess is located inside the prostate, surgery is required to open and drain it.

Sometimes a tube is left in place through the abdominal wall until drainage is complete.

Prostate infections and abscesses are most common in mature dogs who have not been neutered, so your veterinarian probably also recommended that Zeus be neutered to clear up the abscess and prevent recurrences.

My brothers were neutered when they were young, and they are happy not to have to worry about developing painful prostate infections and abscesses. As for me, I’m glad I’m a girl.

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