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Inflammation of the foreskin in the male

Almost every male dog has an inflammation of the foreskin at least once in his life. Usually it is not serious, but you should react quickly and treat the dog accordingly. This article provides more information about foreskin inflammation (so-called balanoposthitis) in males. Our vet explains how such an inflammation can develop, how to recognize it and what treatment options are available.

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Foreskin inflammation - a common condition

Inflammation of the foreskin (so-called balanoposthitis) occurs relatively often in non-castrated (intact) males - sooner or later almost every intact male becomes ill with this disease one or more times. As a rule, foreskin inflammation is not serious, but it can be very uncomfortable for animals and humans.


Sex hormones ensure that non-neutered males regularly excavate their penis. This causes bacteria from the environment to get under the foreskin and cause inflammation there. Such bacteria are usually killed naturally by the body itself so that no inflammation can develop. Excavation begins in males after sexual maturity, i.e. usually at an age of 6 to 12 months. In addition, in some dogs the foreskin is open too wide, so that bacteria can settle in more quickly and cause discomfort. If for any reason the male's natural defenses are inadequate, inflammation can result. During the inflammation, droplets of inflammation form in the form of pus or colored fluid that adhere to the penis or fall off around it. The latter in particular ensures that many people take action quickly, even with minor inflammations.


If you suspect that your dog's penis is not healthy, it is important to see a veterinarian. This can determine if the inflammation is minor, which can be treated by washing with foreskin cleansers such as Prepusol, or if the penis is severely inflamed. The latter often manifests itself as drops of pus, a red discolored penis or even blood stains. In such a case, foreskin cleaners are no longer sufficient and the male needs the appropriate medication so that bacteria can be killed and the body recovers.


It has been shown that some dogs are more likely to have problems with foreskin infections than others. Regular cleaning with foreskin cleansers can lead to significant improvements, but must be repeated regularly as it does not combat the cause of the inflammation. If, despite regular cleaning, your dog still suffers from foreskin infections frequently or seriously, the elimination of male sex hormones is recommended as a therapy. In this case, the dog must be neutered because neutered dogs no longer dig their penis out. However, this is not an optimal solution for all dogs (a wide foreskin will of course not be narrowed by castration). Therefore, the dog should be carefully examined by a veterinarian before proceeding directly to castration, so that the real problem behind the foreskin inflammation can be determined.

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