Worm Exiting Dog Penis - Reader Question, Causes and Treatment Options
by Bobby Norden
(Modesto, CA United States )
So my dog, a year-old pitbull, came in from using the restroom and when he laid down I happened to notice something pink sticking out of his penis. Upon removal of this pink thing, I find that it's a worm! What kind of worm could it have been?
Editor Suggestion, Possible Causes of Worms in Genetal Area or Penis
Sorry to hear about your dog's worm problem.
Finding a worm near your dog's genital area is certainly a concern that needs immediate attention.
Here are some possible causes and the recommended course of action:
Urinary Tract Infection with Parasitic Infestation:
It's possible that your dog has a urinary tract infection (UTI) complicated by a parasitic infestation. Some worms can occasionally make their way into unusual areas.
Course of Action: Immediate veterinary attention is required for proper diagnosis and treatment, usually involving antibiotics and antiparasitic medications.
Sometimes, worms from the digestive system like roundworms or tapeworms could find their way to other parts of the body.
Course of Action: Collect a stool sample and take it to the vet for fecal testing. Treatment usually involves de-worming medication.
Local Skin Infection with Worms:
This is less common, but this could be a skin infection
that has attracted parasites.
Course of Action: A vet may perform a skin scraping to identify the parasite. Treatment usually involves topical and/or oral medications.
Genital Parasitic Infection:
It could also be a more localized parasitic infection in the genital area, although this is rare.
Course of Action: Consult your veterinarian for targeted tests to identify the parasite and treat it accordingly with antiparasitic medications.
Foreign Body Contamination:
The worm might have been a contaminant from the outdoor environment.
Course of Action: Keep an eye out for additional symptoms but still consult a vet for a general check-up.
Immediate veterinary care is crucial to identify the worm correctly and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
As you can see with all of the above, the best course of action is to visit your veterinarian for an exam and specific diagnosis.
Please keep us up to date on your dog's condition.
Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide
P.S. For additional reading we suggest these articles on Worm Infestations in Dogs: VCA Hospitals and Worms in Cats and Dogs: Merck Veterinary Manual.
Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.