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Older dog, being treated for lymphoma with chemo, seems to be heading into remission. but he licks his penis, often. just jumped up from his bed, moved to another bed in another room and started licking....has been doing it often for a few weeks anyway

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Joey, at least 12 years old, possibly older.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Joey?

He has older dog joint problems. other than chemo, i give him some pepcid each day (1/4 tablet three times) and trying to give him liquid compounded gabapentin for joint pain but not very successful.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago

Are you seeing any discharge from the prepuce or penis?

Is Joey neutered?

Is he on any joint supplement at this time?

Any urinary concerns such as blood in the urine or accidents in the house?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Neutered, no discharge. no blood in the urine and not on any joint supplements. Surprising able to hold it for a long time for a dog his age. Thank you.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago

If your companion is not already on a joint supplement, I would recommend starting one. My favorite are http://www.glycoflex.com products. I would also discuss adding an NSAID with your vet and possibly changing the dosage of the gabapentin if he's not greatly benefiting.

As far as the licking of the penis, it would be wise to have the prepuce, penis and urine checked by your vet to ensure that there is no potential of this being a symptom of a urinary tract infection. If he's focused on his genitals and neutered, there stands a high potential that this may be a UTI. Depending on what they find, if anything, will determine the course of treatment which will likely involve a course of antibiotics. I would give strong consideration to using an e-collar if this is a constant problem with him, as well, so that he does not worsen symptoms but I would only use it in conjunction with an examination from your vet along with diagnostics.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago
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