Puppy Penis Ulceration

by Deborah Thompson Weimaraner rescue

Swollen scabbed penis

Swollen scabbed penis

My 7 week old puppy had 7 littermates nursing on his penis. It is now swollen with scabbing and slight scab discharge. I have separated the pups but his penis looks horrible. How can I treat this? He is 7 wks three days old 11 pounds Weimaraner. The penis does not seem to bother him. He is eating drinking and playing like normal.

Editor Comment

Hi Deborah,

I'm not a veterinarian, but I can provide some general thoughts before you get a specific diagnosis from a veterinarian.

It's good that you separated the pups.

Treatment for inflammation of the penis and prepuce in dogs may include clipping long hair away from the preputial orifice to facilitate hygiene, and thoroughly flushing the preputial cavity with a mild, dilute antiseptic (e.g., dilute povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine) or sterile saline solution.

If bacterial infection is suspected, an antibiotic ointment may be infused into the preputial cavity for 7–10 days, with the option of systemic antibiotics if indicated by severity1. Signs of infection include ncreased redness, swelling, pus, or a foul smell. If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

You can read more in the Merck Veterinary Manual.

As I'm sure you are aware, it is always best to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. The Vet may want to recommend immediate use of a topical ointment or antibiotics.


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