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5 year old neutered male golden retriever mix discharging

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5 year old neutered male golden retriever mix discharging clear, thin liquid from penis... different than the "normal" few drops of discharge that he normally has. This is the second time I notice. First time was about a month ago. Both times, discharge occurred while he was laying down on his side. Unsure what this could be, or if it could be a sign of something dangerous. I have a picture of the discharge as it looked on my floor.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


Tough question about Otis.

Dogs can have some normal discharge. It is called smegma.

Read the first category called Preputial Discharge. It talks a bit about smegma.

Now, the fluid you are describing is more clear, but very well is still smegma.

I would still recommend a vet examination so the vet can evaluate the penis and prepuce to ensure there is no infection present.

So, very likely could be normal, but worth the check up to verify.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** is much more than his normal discharge "smegma" which I have always noticed. This is just a lot more, and it looks different (clear and thin). He doesn't show any signs of stress/pain. Could you give me an idea as to what this could be, if not an infection?
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Interesting photo. Agreed. Not very consistent with smegma.

I have got to think about things like a prepucial infection still, urinary tract infection, viral infection, incontinence related, or some other congenital malformations or abnormalities that can cause it.

Here's an amazing link that discusses differentials further!!!

Probably about the best answer I can give.

Dr. Andy

    Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

    I'm just following up on our conversation about Otis. How is everything going?

    Dr. Andy