Your assessment results for:

Lump or Swelling – Penis

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Monitor your dog in the next 30 minutes and don’t let them touch their penis

  • Monitor your dog carefully. If the penis starts bleeding or does not retract within 30 minutes, contact your regular veterinary practice.
  • Don’t let your dog rub/scratch their penis. Use a cone if you have one. You can also wrap the penis to their abdomen with a clean and damp sheet.


Why it’s high priority

If the erection is persistent or prolonged, it may lead to tissue damage

  • Erections do not usually last more than 30 minutes. Based on your answers, we are currently not concerned.
  • In cases of persistent erection, we are concerned about priapism and paraphimosis, where the penis becomes trapped outside the body. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to severe tissue damage.


Home care tips

Avoid the affected area and seek veterinary care if the situation is not resolved within an hour.


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