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jbbb1015 posted:
We recently adopted an older dog (6-7 years old) who was neutered at the shelter where we adopted. It has been aprox. 2 weeks since the surgery and his penis is protuding from the sheath almost constantly. When I took him to my vet, I was told that this could be ocurring from the surgery and it should go away within a few weeks. Has anyone else ever experienced this problem?
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Congratulations on adopting a mature dog. They can make excellent pets. I would first wonder if the penis is always out or only after the dog becomes excited or while it is grooming itself. It is not uncommon for a dog, even neutered, to get aroused and get an erection. There are two conditions that can cause a constant erection, paraphimosis and priapism. Paraphimosis can be a medical emergency. Since your veterinarian has examined your dog, it is unlikely that it is a major medical problem but you could call your veterinarian and ask his/her opinion. Paraphimosis can be due to scar tissue in the sheath, a malaiciously placed rubber band around the penis, constant licking because of behavioral issues or infection. Priapism is usually due to a neurological disorder. Please call your veterinarian to be safe.

Good luck...
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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