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Old 01-08-2012, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my poor boy was castrated for an enlarged prostate. two weeks later his scrotum is swollen to the size of a grapefruit.He is being treated with steroids with little effect. Is this normal? any advice would be appreciated
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No it's not normal. What does your vet say? I'd be getting a second opinion on this one!!!!
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Yes, it's normal for them to swell as the scrotum fills with blood and is then reabsorbed into the body. Often not a big deal.

HOWEVER...2 weeks and the size of a grapefruit? He needed an antibiotic...not a steroid!! Take him back and make them give you an antibiotic.

I had a foster that needed two rounds of antibiotics.
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he says its the sack filling with fluid and to go back if it gets any bigger. Dont think there is any room for it to get any bigger.
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what size was it when he said this?
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If it is not receding then take him back. Is it warm to the touch? That is often a sign of infection (along with inflammation).
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I had this happen to one of my fosters and he was very sore. Grapefruit size, and for weeks. The vets just ignored it. In hindsight I should have demanded that they drain the fluid. It may require putting him under though. The poor dog really suffered. The vet actually claimed that it was tissue swelling, not fluid, which is not true.

A member here had her dog lick the incision open and a lot of clotted blood drained from the incision.
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My males (I've always neutered them as adults) have never had swelling like that 2 wks post neuter. They have always been back to normal by then, even my one who recently had some issues after slipping and falling shortly after the neuter (torn sutures).

I would be concerned it's infected. From what I've read, they usually drain (I did some reading after mine had the injury) it with a needle and then put them on antibiotics.
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I fostered many dogs after neuter and only one of them had this kind of swelling that lasted for weeks. The vet blew us off. In hindsight, I should have taken him elsewhere or insisted that they drain it. At that time I did not know better and believed them that it is tissue ( as opposed to fluids). They said that the only thing that could be done was anti-inflammatories. Not true.
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Hope that your boy gets some relief soon.
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