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Penile amputation and scrotal urethrostomy in 18 dogs
  1. R. D. Burrow, BVetMed, CertSAS, CertVR, DipECVS, MRCVS1,
  2. S. P. Gregory, BVetMed, PhD, DVR, DSAS (soft tissue), MRCVS2,
  3. A. A. Giejda, DVM, MRCVS1 and
  4. R. N. White, BSc, BVetMed, CertVA, DSAS (soft tissue), DipECVS, MRCVS3
  1. The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, London, UK
  2. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK
  3. Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, Shirley, Solihull,West Midlands B90 4NH, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence rburrow{at}

The objective of this study was to report the signalment, indications for surgery, postoperative complications and outcome in dogs undergoing penile amputation and scrotal urethrostomy. Medical records of three surgical referral facilities were reviewed for dogs undergoing penile amputation and scrotal urethrostomy between January 2003 and July 2010. Data collected included signalment, presenting signs, indication for penile amputation, surgical technique, postoperative complications and long-term outcome. Eighteen dogs were included in the study. Indications for surgery were treatment of neoplasia (n=6), external or unknown penile trauma (n=4), penile trauma or necrosis associated with urethral obstruction with calculi (n=3), priapism (n=4) and balanoposthitis (n=1). All dogs suffered mild postoperative haemorrhage (posturination and/or spontaneous) from the urethrostomy stoma for up to 21 days (mean 5.5 days). Four dogs had minor complications recorded at suture removal (minor dehiscence (n=1), mild bruising and swelling around the urethrostomy site and mild haemorrhage at suture removal (n=2), and granulation at the edge of stoma (n=1)). One dog had a major complication (wound dehiscence and subsequent stricture of the stoma). Long-term outcome was excellent in all dogs with non-neoplastic disease. Local tumour recurrence and/or metastatic disease occurred within five to 12 months of surgery in two dogs undergoing penile amputation for the treatment of neoplasia. Both dogs were euthanased.

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