He's a She and She's a He
Remember the story I posted a while back about Sgt. Rogers, a rescued Boston terrier at Second Chance Happy tails?
They thought he had an injury wound, but it turns out, the dog is a hermaphrodite! It has both male and female sex organs! I've heard of this in people, but this is the first time I heard about it in an animal!
The poor guy! He also tested positive for heartworm, but has to have an infection cleared up from when he was "neutered." Then, after the heartworms are treated, he'll have to have some surgery for his plumbing problems!
Inge got some information from another rescue who had a hermaphrodite dog (who was adopted!) Here is that story:
" I'll be happy to share info with Inge about our experience with Sunny, our little hermaphrodite. Sunny had a fully developed penis that was completely exposed. The sheath was there, on both sides, but not closed. VERY strange if you've never seen something like that before but, as you say, it's not as uncommon as one might think. Sunny also had female parts, urinating as a little girl rather than a male.
"There was no question that something had to be done. If she had ended up in a shelter, she would have been euthanized. A reputable rescue really cannot, in my opinion, place the dog "as is." We did a good bit of internet research, talked to our own vet and Bob actually had a pretty lengthy phone consult with Dr. Blackford, surgery professor at UT. She indicated that the surgery was not all that difficult but emphasized the critical importance of having 'clean' edges on the surgical incision & careful suturing. Otherwise, the area would always be subject to drainage and subsequent infection.
"Kim P. authorized the surgery which was performed by Louise Penfield of McCarty Veterinary Clinic in Kingsport. It turned out that none of Sunny's male parts were functional so they were removed and no internal resection of her "plumbing" was necessary. Sunny came home to us with 34 stitches all the way down her abdomen and into a "Y" down the inside of her back legs (to provide a little 'give' to the incision as she healed). Naturally, the difference was astonishing but the incision itself scared the living daylights out of me...I had to carry her in and out every time she needed to potty and make sure she didn't try to jump.
"She was kept crated and also had an "E" collar for quite a while - can't remember exactly how long. I had visions of her coming "undone" and her insides just falling out! But, she healed beautifully - Dr. Penfield did a wonderful job. We were told that because her urethra & anus were closer than normal due to all the extra parts she was born with that she could be subject to UTIs.
"Sunny was eventually adopted by a friend of Linda S.(Southern Cross) and she occasionally sends updates. Sunny is living a wonderful life in a loving family and, as far as I know, has never had any subsequent health issues.
"So, even though it's not cheap ($700-800, as I recall) and very scary for the foster parents, HAVE THE SURGERY DONE. Just be sure to use a vet who is known to be a good, careful surgeon."
As you can imagine, the treatment for heartworms and the surgery are huge costs for Inge, so any help you can give would be appreciated. If you would like to help please click on the PayPal button to make a secure credit card donation. You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. Go to: www.secondchancehappytails.petfinder.org.
Have you guys ever heard of this? The poor baby! I think they might have to give it a unisex name! Jesse? Or to highlight his condition, Hermie? What a lot of problems for one little dog. Let's all pray things go well and he finds an understanding, forever home full of love.
posted by Sandy at 3/06/2008 03:25:00 PM