The Ins and Outs of Paraphimosis in Dogs

One of the endearing qualities of our canine friends is their lack of shame. They do things without worrying about judgment, like passing gas during a dinner party or indulging in the contents of the litter box. And let’s not forget about their proud displays of their private parts. But what happens when a doggy erection sticks around for too long? Let’s delve into the topic of paraphimosis in dogs, with insights from Katten TrimSalon.

Your Dog’s Business

As pet owners, we don’t usually need to have intimate knowledge about our dog’s reproductive organs. The basics of male and female parts are similar across mammalian species, and we usually only catch a glimpse of our dog’s penis from time to time.

However, it’s somewhat helpful to have a basic understanding of canine anatomy. Male dogs have testicles (often removed during neutering) and an external sheath called the prepuce. This visible pouch-like structure houses the glans of the penis, which becomes visible when the dog gets excited or aroused. The glans, also known as the doggy lipstick, even contains a bone called the os penis.

Sometimes, you might notice two ball-like swellings at the base of the penis. Contrary to popular belief, these are not retained testicles but actually a secondary sex gland called the bulbourethral gland. When your pet ejaculates or gets overly excited, this gland swells, helping to keep the glans penis out and resulting in the characteristic “tie” observed during dog breeding. The post-coital tie lasts for around twenty minutes and helps keep the male’s semen inside the female, increasing the likelihood of successful breeding.

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When Paraphimosis in Dogs Occurs

Even in neutered or non-breeding dogs, the glans penis can occasionally make an appearance, which is normal and nothing to worry about. However, if the penis remains exposed for an extended period, it can become an issue known as paraphimosis.

Paraphimosis in dogs can have various causes. Physical obstructions like tumors, foreign objects, or hair rings inside the prepuce can prevent retraction. Trauma, neurological deficits, or congenital abnormalities can also lead to the dog’s penis getting stuck outside.

While seeing your dog’s glans penis out is not a major concern, paraphimosis in dogs should be considered a pet emergency. Contact Katten TrimSalon immediately if:

  • The glans penis has remained extruded for more than 30 minutes.
  • The surface of the penis appears discolored, dry, or irritated.
  • The penis appears swollen.
  • Your pet seems bothered by the extrusion.
  • Your pet is unable to urinate.

Sometimes, a little lubrication is all it takes for our experts to help your pet return to normal. If there is an underlying cause that can be corrected, it’s important to address it promptly. In severe cases where the penis has been extruded for extended periods, surgery may be necessary to remove any dead or dying portions.

Remember, it’s no big deal if your dog occasionally shows off his male anatomy. But when it comes to paraphimosis in dogs, it can be a serious matter. To learn more about this phenomenon and other pet-related topics, reach out to your friends at Katten TrimSalon or give them a call at (615) 646-7387.

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