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Hello. I wanted to reply to this thread to let you know that I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH because I've had my fill of dealing with a prolapsed urethra. So here is a very lengthy response....I apologize ahead of time.
My 4 year old Bully, Wesco is currently going through his THIRD surgery for a prolapsed urethra. We have an amazing vet here in California who actually works with SoCal Bulldog Rescue so he is very well versed in all things Bulldogs. First prolapse, we neutered him and had minor surgery. About a year later, he prolapsed again and bled heavily. The vet decided to amputate the existing prolapsed tissue and utilized what's called a purse-string procedure to pull the urethra back into the penis (where it's supposed to be) and secure it using a pull stitch type of technique through the shaft of the penis. Please don't quote my non-clinical terminology. I'm just trying to put it in normal terms as I understood them. This seemed to be successful. I do want to note however that the first few days after surgery were a nightmare. Wesco is a very active Bully and even with sedation meds, he wanted to be up and about. This was causing him to bleed from the sutures. And by bleed, I mean like a sprinkler system every time he go up. Two things were happening...while he slept, the blood would clot. When he got up, the dried blood on his bed/towel/blanket would stick and something similar to ripping of a scab would happen and cause fresh bleeding. Second, this was causing him to not be able to clot fully for the wound to heal. Therefore, we opted to keep him at the vet for a few days so that he could be minimally sedated and confined and just rest. It broke my heart to do that, because of course I just wanted my baby home, but it was best for him to rest and heal. The vet said that due to the sensitive and soft tissue in that area, sutures don't hold as well and therefore don't heal as quickly.
Then less than a year after, I noticed the visual prolapsed urethra again. We took Wesco to another well known vet here in California for a second opinion and he said that if he's not bleeding, don't touch it. Recurrence of this condition is not uncommon in Bullies due to the heavier abdominal pressure from their labored breathing and the fact that they have heavier tummies. He did tell us to always monitor his peeing (flow, straining to go, blood in urine, etc). As long as he was peeing normally then there's no reason to "mess with it".
Wesco from time to time had very very light spots of blood on his bed after a long night of sleeping and that's normal. Last night, Wesco started bleeding A LOT. My kitchen looked like a crime scene. So my husband took Wesco to the vet and he is having surgery today. We're not sure what they will do this time or if this will be the last, but I wanted to share our experiences with you all who may or may not have a clue what's going on.
Oh wow! Sorry, I got a new phone and wasn't getting my notifications, so I just saw your post...I know that Bodie's first surgery was just a minimal surgery also, they massaged the prolapsed tissue back in and stitched it, then the second surgery, 4 months later, was much more invasive, he too was bleeding heavily, almost like there was a blood vessel squirting it out everywhere. So, the cut the prolapsed tissue off completely and put in a couple stitches, but after both of his surgeries, there was no more bleeding, I mean the days following the surgery. He has started to bleed on a couple different occasions since his last surgery, when he was only 7 months old, also neutered at that time, but they've not been full prolapses and the bleeding is only one or two instances in a couple days span. So, vet didn't want to do surgery since it wasn't bad. Neither did we! Bodie will stress out sometimes and it always leads to bleeding. Idk why he stresses out, he just does...
Thank you for all the info and support. This condition is fairly rare, supposedly only seen in male EB's, and it's 1 in every 10,000, so us lucky people who pick the "special" bullies need to help each other out!!!!
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Thank Goodness Bodie is ok, God Bless this Sweetie Always
So Sorry for you both. Sounds really like a nightmare. My boy has had stones and a few operation in that area, so I know bleeding from penis...
btw prolapsed urethra can occur in other dog breeds as well, and cats.
My son's dog Louie has had the same issue over and over again. He's taken him to numerous vets and the top veterinary college in Michigan and they have no idea how to fix it. Good luck with Bodie and hopefully we'll get an answer sooner than later.