Vet Makes History After Carrying Out Surgery On Dog With Two Penises
Just a little warning that, as you may have guessed from the headline, there are some distressing images in this article
A vet was faced with a once-in-a-career job after being tasked with safely removing a penis from a pooch who was born with two.
The two penises were crushed inside one foreskin, meaning the seven-month-old Jack Russel was left with chronic itching and incontinence.
The poor pup was taken to Eastcott Veterinary Referrals where he was treated by head of surgery Tim Charlesworth - who believes the unusual surgery was the first case of its kind.
The complicated and delicate operation took around three hours; as well being born with two penises, the dog was also born with a 'duplex' or 'double' left kidney, meaning the two halves of the kidney were basically acting as separate kidneys.
Speaking to the Daily Star vet Tim said: "Its urinary bladder was also divided into separate left and right compartments, each of which then drained through separate urethras that coursed through separate penises."
So, as well as removing the extra penis, Tim also took out the split kidney and combined the two parts of the dog's bladder to make it one whole bladder.
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Thankfully, the surgery went well and the dog is now recovering well.
And the unusual case has made history - being published in Wiley Online Library in Veterinary Surgery where it's noted as the first of its kind in veterinary surgical history.
Tim told Veterinary News: "We believe this is the first reported case of complete unilateral duplication of the urinary tract in a dog presenting with incontinence."
Describing the surgery in more detail, he explained: "The left kidney was severely dilated and was deemed to be non-functional and so the dog underwent surgery for the removal of the affected left kidney and ureters; the two halves of the bladder were united by ablation of the septum between these two cavities; the left urethra was transected and the left penis amputated to allow the right penis to have room to fully fit within the prepuce.
"The dog has now made a full recovery with full resolution of his clinical signs and is currently doing very well indeed.
"We are very pleased to have been involved with such an unusual case and are really happy that he continues to do so well."
So next time someone tells you they're as 'happy as a dog with two d***s', you can remind them of this poor little dude who is now a lot happier with just the one.
Featured Image Credit: Eastcott Veterinary Referrals
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