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Strictured Foreskin (Phimosis)




Condition Overview

In dogs with this condition, the opening of the sheath is extremely small, preventing the penis from extending and in some cases interfering with the flow of urine.


Information needed.


Neonatal phimosis is a birth defect that occurs most often in German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Several pups in the litter may be affected. Adult phimosis can be caused by a sheath infection or a congenital defect.


Diagnosis is made by veterinary examination.


Some cases of phimosis resolve with treatment of the associated sheath infection. Most will require surgery to enlarge the opening. Neonatal phimosis causing urinary tract obstruction requires immediate relief.


There is no prevention for this condition.


Please contact your veterinarian for advice if you suspect your pet may have this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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