Bleeding from the penis
by ripleymt, Jul 31, 2011
My dog is an 8-yr-old border collie and has started having blood dripping from his penis on & off for the last month or so. We took him to the vet & she thought it was either a UTI or prostatitis (infection of the prostate). She placed him on antibiotics, but it did not get better. A week later, we took him back to the vet, getting yet another antibiotic after having x-rays to look for stones. She found no stones or masses on the x-rays, so she still believed it to be an infection. It still didn't go away completely but became more sporadic in the bleeding episodes. Finally, when that antibiotic was completed, the bleeding did stop for 2 weeks. Now the bleeding is back again & he is once again on antibiotics. Our vet suggested getting our dog neutered. Does anyone know if that could possibly solve this bleeding problem or could it be something else altogether?
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by GhillyBlank, Jul 31, 2011
I would get another opinion from a different vet ASAP.

I am not trying to scare you, but bleeding from the penis very strongly indicates prostate cancer, and especially since multiple courses of antibiotic have proven to be ineffective in stopping the problem.

Has your vet done a biopsy yet to rule out prostate cancer?  A biopsy of the rectal wall can tell if there are cancer cells present.  As far as neutering your dog, I would try to find out for sure if cancer is present before subjecting him to neutering surgery.  Prostate cancer in dogs isn't like prostate cancer in humans, and the outlook is usually quite grim.  If it IS cancer, I would rather spend my time making him comfortable and letting him enjoy his life rather than having him recuperating from a surgery.  

Again, I am not trying to frighten you, but like I said, blood coming from the penis is never a good sign.  Please pursue this diligently and find a vet who can get to the root of the problem.  And please keep us posted!

by Margot49, Aug 01, 2011
I agree with what Ghilly is telling you. It could be a testicle problem.  Did your Vet happen to do a urine culture?  The fact that antibiotics have been used and this is recurring needs to be checked in to further.  Neutering *may* help the problem. I assume both his testicles are descended?  Did the Vet actually do a prostate exam?  I might be seeking a second opinion on this one.