Vets dealing with the unique case of a dog born with two penises have successfully removed the extra appendage in a delicate operation.
The patient, a seven-month-old Jack Russell Terrier, was suffering extreme discomfort as a result of the bonus organ, including incontinence and chronic itching.
Eastcott Veterinary Referrals, a specialist vets’ surgery in Wiltshire, managed to correct the bizarre birth defect and the pup has made a full recovery.
It’s thought to be the first case of its kind in the history of veterinary surgery and Tim Charlesworth, Eastcott ’s head of surgery, oversaw the difficult and complex procedure.
Tim told the Daily Star the unprecedented surgery took around three hours.
He explained that the poor pup had been born with a “duplex or 'double’ left kidney. The two halves of the kidney were effectively operating as separate mini-kidneys with their own plumbing.
“Its urinary bladder was also divided into separate left and right compartments,” he said, “each of which then drained through separate urethras that coursed through separate penises.”
Because the two distinct penises were forced into a foreskin that was only big enough for one, the little dog was plagued by painful itching.
The complex surgery involved removal of not only the “spare” penis but the split kidney. Tim also combined the two compartments of the dog’s divided bladder into one complete organ.
He detailed how the delicate surgery combined the two distinct urinary tracts into one functional system.
Tim told Veterinary News : “We believe this is the first reported case of complete unilateral duplication of the urinary tract in a dog presenting with incontinence.
“The dog has now made a full recovery with full resolution of his clinical signs and is currently doing very well indeed. We are very pleased to have been involved with such an unusual case and are really happy that he continues to do so well.”
The poor little fellow will, of course, have to wear The Cone of Shame for some time to prevent him from pulling out his own stitches.
The case was recently written up by one of Eastcott’s interns, Mara Sprocatti, and it has now been published by Wiley Online Library in Veterinary Surgery, where it's recorded as the first known case in the history of veterinary surgery.
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