Dogs Penis Coming Fully Out and Stuck
Initial Shock: I have owned dogs for many years. In total, I have had in excess of 40 dogs as I normally have a pack of at least 4 most of them have been male.
I started as a part-time dog trainer in the1970s, then moved into dog psychology and behaviour full time in 2000.
I have accumulated 48.000 clients and have worked with in excess of 60,000 dogs
None of that experience prepared me for the sight of Musket one of my four Working Cockers staggering towards me with the biggest erection I have ever seen in a dog.
His penis was so fully extended it looked like his testicles as well as the penis had been forced totally out of the dog's sheath (the sheath is called a prepuce).
This was a first for me; though I rarely panic the sight of this came close. I quickly a googled it and found it is called “Paraphimosis” This is when the penis comes completely out and the dog cannot retract it back into the body.
The two lumps that looked like testicles are in fact the “bulbus glandis” These are on either side at the base of the penis. You can why I was confused by in the picture of Musket. When a dog becomes fully aroused, the bulbus glandis swells with blood, creating what initially looks like testicles.
Actually, it is not a gland at all; it is a vital function during mating to allow the two dogs to complete a “coital tie,” which keeps the male and female dogs tied together until mating is fully complete.
The muscles at the entrance to the female’s vagina clamp down over the bulb stopping the dog's penis from being removed. The dogs could be tied for anything up to 45 minutes with the dog ejaculating all the time.
Can Paraphimosis Be Dangerous?: The simple answer is yes? Though it is not really common it accounts for 7 % of penile problems in dogs. When the dog cannot retract its penis back into the sheath it can cause a constriction to the blood flow causing increased swelling and engorgement, that could, in turn, cause necrosis, which is a decaying of the tissue and serious damage to the penile urethra the channel on the inside of the penis from which dogs pee.
Treating Paraphimosis: Fortunately, this can be treated at home though it isn’t for the squeamish. A pair of hospital gloves which I always keep at home come in very handy. There are a number of things that can help.
- Firstly clean the exposed penis thoroughly, checking for foreign bodies like hair, dirt, grit, or seeds.
- A lubricant such as KY jelly or vaseline once again I always keep this in my house This aids the penis to slide easier back into its sheath.
- Crushed ice or garden peas in a bag can if gently applied for 30 seconds can cause the penis to start retracting and aid the reduction of swelling then the penis can start to retract back in.
- If the above treatments do not work then mix up a sugar paste using normal white sugar and water this should be spread gently massaged into the shaft of the penis as it acts to reduce the fluid and swelling, you should see signs of shrinkage within 30 seconds. In technical terms, the sugar paste acts as “hyperosmotic agent”.
If none of all these treatments work within 30 minutes of you starting the whole process, then an urgent veterinary appointment is definitely required. If necrosis sets in then the penis may have to be amputated.
Musket was fine, though this has now happened seven times in a fairly short space of time and I am considering medical intervention.
Stan Rawlinson February 2021