Horse Veterinary Questions? Ask an Equine Vet.
Is the actual penis or the sheath that is frost bitten?
How did this happen?
What condition is the skin in right now?
Can he urinate normally?
How long ago did the injury first take place?
Is he on any antibiotics right now?
Will he let you work with his penis or is he a bad kicker?
Is the penis swelling at all or is just the sheath that is swollen?
he has been started on penicillin.
We are not sure how he is going to act just yet. We are hesitant to put anything on it without knowing exactly what we really sure do, not wanting to make it worse.
I'm not sure exactly how to explain where the swelling is without showing the pictures to you.
I am told that the tree icon on the tool bar will allow you to post pictures.
You can give that a try.
I am not convinced that this is frost bite. There isn't a good reason why he should get frost bite of his penis unless he couldn't retract it properly to begin with. An engorged penis that cannot be retracted is normally seen in stallions, not geldings.
There is such a distinct demarcation from good tissue to disease tissue, unless this is a false impression from the skin fold from above covering uneven tissue margins. I would be worried about something else other than frost bite. I would like to check for any ligature marks, tumors etc.
I really recommend getting a veterinarian to sedate him so you can get a good look at the whole injury.
Until then keep up with the penicillin. Make sure he gets a tetanus toxoid vaccine and a tetanus antitoxin treatment. You could put colloidal silver ointment on his penis if he will let you. This a good ointment used for burns and is also antibacterial.
Can I answer anything else?
Does he look bad enough to have been that dehydrated? I could understand that at this time of year with water freezing. That is just too hard/sad to think about.
Yes I really would want to check the penis over very well. You also need to make sure there will not be any scar tissue contracture that will cause obstruction of the urethra (especially at the tip).
Anything else I can answer?
If you dont mind me asking where are you located?
How cold is it there?
That is just awful.
Just really be careful of strictures and make sure he gets his tetnus treatments. These will be the life threatening issues for him.
Keep up the good work.