You know your male dog has one, but it’s easier or more comfortable to ignore it. That is, until your dog’s penis appears to be…stuck. Many dogs will go through their lives without needing any attention to their nether parts. But it’s just as common for dogs to get into a predicament known as paraphimosis, and it can become a real pet emergency.
Owners of male dogs are familiar with the “red rocket,” wherein the glans of their dog’s penis is stuck outside the protective foreskin-like sheath known as the prepuce. This is a normal function of canine anatomy, and during mating this extrusion of the glans of the penis is crucial. Following copulation, the glans may stay out for 10-20 minutes or so. If the glans doesn’t retract, it could lead to big trouble.
Paraphimosis is the condition that is characterized by an incomplete retraction of the glans penis back into the foreskin, or prepuce. This condition may have various causes, ranging from simple to complicated. The bottom line is that this can create very uncomfortable sensations for a dog, and may even have serious health consequences.
Common causes of paraphimosis include:
- Hair wrapped around the base of the glans
- Neurological problems
- Congenital deformity of the glans penis or the prepuce
The first indication that something is wrong may be obvious discomfort or distress on your dog’s face or in the ways they behave. They may spend a lot of time “down there” licking themselves. You may observe chapped, dry or irritated skin of the glans penis. Exposure to rough surfaces like carpeting or upholstery can exacerbate symptoms.
If left alone, the penis may take on an unhealthy purplish hue, made worse by edema (swelling). This can make it even more impossible for the penis to retract and impairs the bladder’s ability to empty.
Tending to Your Dog’s Penis
Because paraphimosis can be linked to serious concerns like urinary challenges, infection, and even necrosis, immediate action is critical. Due to the delicate nature of this condition, it is sometimes better when a veterinary professional gets involved. We can help your dog’s penis get back to its proper place, and help you prevent future incidents. If the problem continues, a surgical procedure may be discussed.
Our staff is here for you and your dog, whenever you need us. Please call us at (865) 609-0311 with any questions or concerns related to your dog’s penis or related behaviors.