Testosterone supplement and behavior changes

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  1. Saeleofu

    Saeleofu Active Member

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    Okay, so Gavroche is leaking AGAIN. His specific gravity is 1.026, urine is clear, and he's on cranberry, so there's not much chance of an infection this time. He just leaking n bed when I was taking a nap and he was outside at most 4 hours ago.

    I know when this first started and we were trying to figure out what this is, the vet said there was a small chance it was just hormone related (since he's neutered), and testosterone supplementation might fix it.

    My question is, has anyone ever gone that route before? Are there any changes in behavior that come with testosterone supplements? He'd really just getting to where I'd like him to be behavior-wise - less reactive and less anxious. So I'd hate to go screw all that up.

    He also mentioned that DES or Proin MAY help, too - I think he'd try DES before proin. Something about estrogen and testosterone being close enough to each other that giving a male dog DES would work just as well as testosterone. Anyone know side effects for these drugs, overall and specifically in males?

    And finally, what would you do in this situation? I've considered just getting a belly band, but he'd have to wear it to bed and when he's crated, and he has very sensitive skin to begin with, so I'm afraid it would irritate him too much.
     
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    Different species, different drug (assuming you are referring to actual pure testosterone), but Tristan was on anabolic steroids for a while, which basically mimics testosterone. He generally behaved as I would expect an intact male to behave (meaning I wanted to kill him for about 3 months :p). Running the fence line between him and the mares, dropping when other horses came into the ring, rearing at his door when someone cross tied a mare in the aisle in front of him, nickering at everything with four legs, etc. He never became aggressive or pushed the line with humans, but he's had that rule pretty well pounded into his head over the years. I'd do it again as a life-saving treatment, which it basically was. I wouldn't do it for much less. However, an intact male dog is probably less of an issue if the treatments caused the same sort of reaction.
     
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    I put Mushroom on Proin. I didn't appreciate any side-effects. It fixed the leaking, I was able to wean him off, and while he does very occasionally leak, it's not a constant problem anymore.
     

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