Q. My 11year old Chihuahua has a problem of his penis staying out all the time.What should be done for this?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. I see this problem a lot with pets.
The main cause of priapism (erected penis that stays out of the sheath) is hormonal in nature. This is frequently seen in intact male dogs and is directly related to the testosterone that is released in the pet's body. The long term treatment for this is to have the pet neutered. This is by far the most effective treatment and is highly recommended.
For short term relief of this condition, most vets will use an osmotic agent (i.e. Sugar) and apply it to the swollen exposed penis and hold this in place for up to 15-20 minutes along with lubricating agents applied to the base of the penis in an attempt to get the swelling down enough where the penis will then be able to be manipulated back into its normal position inside the sheath. I highly recommend this be done by a professional.
FYI. The testosterone levels in male dogs following a neuter/castration take up to 6 weeks to go down, so there can still be recurring priapism episodes during this time.
Good luck moving forward,
- Dr. H