How to Recognize and Treat Paraphimosis in Dogs

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Paraphimosis is a condition that occurs in male dogs and prevents the penis from retracting properly. This health issue affects dogs of all breeds and ages. Because paraphimosis can interfere with processes like urination, it’s important to seek care for your dog as soon as the problem becomes apparent.

  • Evaluate your dog for signs of paraphimosis. Symptoms may include difficulty urinating and discomfort in the affected area. You may also notice that your dog dribbles urine at times.

  • Contact your vet for an immediate appointment. This condition causes your canine a lot of discomfort, so immediate care is important. Keep your dog calm while transporting him to the vet by speaking in a calm voice and remaining relaxed yourself. Dogs are intuitive and sense our emotions.

  • Work with the vet to create a treatment program. The vet should soak the affected area in cold water and remove any obstructions. This should allow the penis to go back to its normal position. A sedative may be administered to your canine to keep him calm.

  • Watch your dog closely. When you bring him home from the vet, monitor the affected area daily. Any changes--including redness and swelling--should be reported to the vet.

  • Encourage your dog to relax. Experiencing paraphyimosis can be stressful to a dog. Move his crate or bed to a quiet area of the home and encourage him to rest as much as possible.

Tips & Warnings

  • Until your dog is feeling better, reduce the amount of stress he is exposed to. Keep other animals and small children at a distance.
  • Even if your canine appears to be feeling better, it’s important to administer medication as prescribed. Contact your vet if you feel treatment should be discontinued.
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