|Barked: Sat Mar 19, '11 12:06am PST |
|It happens....not a lot but enough that I have seen more than one and less than 50 - to both neutered and unneutered males - and it is called paraphimosis - BTW it can happen in any male whose penis becomes to engorged to "fit" back into the sheath - there are several different things that could be preventing it from returning to normal including small preputial orifice, ineffective preputial muscles, preputial hypoplasia, trauma, infection, neoplasia, persistent erection, sexual excitement and coitus.
Often in most young male dogs (XL breed under like 3yrs, L-M breeds under 6-7 and small-toy breeds like 8-10) it happens frequently after successful copulation with female because the penis becomes so swollen and engorged it can't fit back in. The other #1 most frequent cause in young dogs is HUMPING---this includes living and non-living items. Many times these dogs present with owners who have inadvertently encouraged their male dogs excessive humping of pillows, couches, people WHATEVER by laughing and carrying on. The reaction of the people increases the intensity and excitement and .... over-enthusiastic swelling occurs!
It is intensely painful and difficult for the patient to understand. This means they may self traumatize, worsening the condition or attack/bite owner so be careful when approaching or assisting in its attempt to normalize.
During paraphimosis blood supply and nerve supply is severely inhibited to the penis so if the dog is unable to successful relax or reduce the inflammation they can cause the penis tissue to die which leads to it becoming necrotic. This is BEYOND painful and has been seen a lot in the shelter world (especially when the "fighting" circles are busted).
This is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY and should result in a vet visit ASAP or risk losing your pets penis or worse allowing secondary infection to run up urethra from nectrotic penial tissue resulting in massive infection then death
HOWEVER --> It is much less of an emergency at 1 minutes out than at 10 minutes out. If your dog is dealing with it on its own be careful (as pointed out earlier) about approaching or touching area but also monitor the type and intensity of attention being given. I have seen more than one dog remove the painful "item" by gnawing it off while owners were out to dinner (they left dog knowing it was stuck but assuming it would be fine as usual). If the dog begins to show severe panic signs, self-mutilation, stress, severe pain/discomfort or it has been outside the sheath for longer than 2-5 minutes without being kept moist.
Your case sounds like a situation that may have been stuck out for longer than you know. Signs of severe distress and inability for blood flow were both seen. I would seek medical attention for this soon due to the risk that in that amount of time blood vessels could have been damaged beyond repair leading to death of that tissue. If his penis tissues starts to die it can become infected and you may not be aware if you are not checking under his prepuce frequently.
Think about getting a rubber band stuck around your finger as tight as possible (or your own penis if you do so have one). This condition can be aggravated in some long haired (or longer haired) breeds because the hair gets stuck around the tip of prepuce causing the "rubber band" effect.
If the penis remains out to no avail after like 2-3 minutes, you can begin applying first aid but you should always end up at a vet to have the penis examined for potential tissue loss. First aid is this situation includes keeping penis moist with KY jelly (NO TINGLING - SENSATIONS - WARMING - PLEASE) or even Vaseline. Application of a sugar/water paste to the penis also helps to reduce inflammation, allowing penis to more easily slide back inside (If any one remembers - I think there was a early 90's REAL WORLD episode where they had to call a vet and do this on camera). But honestly these are things to be done so you can get to the nearest vet NOT things to try for a couple hours. If you wait that long, I can be pretty sure you will damage this organ.
If you saw purple - I would seek medical attention to make sure there isn't anything long lasting and discuss if there is a reason why he is doing it now (this may not be an answerable question at this time but worth delving into with your vet)
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