Rem­edy for a Chafed Pe­nis?

A new geld­ing’s prob­lem­atic pe­nis needs a vet’s at­ten­tion and gen­tle cleans­ing.

Horse & Rider - - Whole Horse Q&a - MELISSA MIL­LI­GAN, DVM, MS equine­spe­cial­ty­hos­pi­ Bur­ton, Ohio

QMy 18-year-old geld­ing was only re­cently cas­trated, and when I got him he had an ugly, chafed, bleed­ing pe­nis. It’s goopy and “sheds” a lot, and it smells bad, too. He doesn’t act as if it hurts. Why does this hap­pen and what can I do for him? the tip of the pe­nis is made of smegma. (Though beans can be­come quite large, they typ­i­cally don’t pre­vent the horse

skin. Close mon­i­tor­ing of be­hav­ior can de­ter­mine if this is the cause.

Balanoposthi­tis, or in­flam­ma­tion of the pe­nis and sheath, is treated by gen­tle cleans­ing plus ad­min­is­ter­ing an­tibi­otics and anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tions. Your vet will de­ter­mine the need for these med­i­ca­tions, which shouldn’t be ad­min­is­tered prior to a thor­ough exam. Your vet may also rec­om­mend a top­i­cal med­i­ca­tion to help soothe ir­ri­tated skin. (In breed­ing stal­lions, ab­nor­mal­i­ties of the pe­nis and sheath should be ex­am­ined imme- di­ately to rule out vene­real dis­eases that can be trans­mit­ted through live-cover breed­ing or ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion.)

Though you typ­i­cally don’t need a pro­fes­sional to clean your horse’s sheath, a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion of your horse’s prob­lem­atic pe­nis by a vet­eri­nar­ian en­ables prompt de­tec­tion of cancer or other dis­eases that can be most eas­ily treated in the early stages of de­vel­op­ment. For de­tails, see “Clean­ing a Horse’s Sheath.”

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