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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Need advice on partial penis removal surgery

I have a 25 year old qtr horse gelding he has squamous cell carcinoma on his penis and has spread to the urethra. This makes it painful for urination and is messy since he does not drop to pee. The vet gave us the option of partial penis removal or euthanasia.
This guy also has cushings (we give him prascendfor this) but the concern with surgery is his age and issues healing due tocushings. Any thoughts or suggestions? Anyone dealt with partial
penis removal in a horse of this age andcondition?
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 09:20 AM
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I don't know anything about a partial penis removal surgery. If it were me, I would probably choose euthanasia. I had a mare with cushings (on precend) and had a hard time healing. I finally had to have her put down at the age of 25. I would maybe consider the surgery if he was younger and no other health issues.

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 09:20 AM
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Welcome to the forum....I wish you were here under better circumstances.

I would euthanize. The SCC is only going to get worse, so euthanasia is imminent anyway. The horse does not understand all this. He only knows today, and the pain of the illness.

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I think the kindest thing to do is put him down. He's 25 he has Cushings. Give him a good week then give him one of the last kind acts of love...free him from his pain.

Not easy to do I know all to well I did this just 9 months ago for my old guy. I'm at peace with the decision I made. Gave him a few good days then on a beautiful sunny day we laid him to rest. He spent his last hours doing what he loved being out on pasture. I still get teary eyed even now ,but I also know I did the right thing. I just miss him but I know he's free from his pain.
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This is a difficult decision. The only advice I can give is to do what is best for the horse.

Owners have to think about quality of life, progressive diseases, and expected outcome.

Did the vet give you any idea of how long the horse might live if you decide on surgery? How much pain will the horse be in? Will he have difficulty urinating? Will UTI be more frequent? Will he spend the next few months needing daily bandaging, pain medications, antibiotics, and have to be stalled causing more issues to potentially arise?

IMO Euthanasia and a burial would be the kindest thing for the horse, but you must decide what is right.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 10:33 AM
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I have no experience to share sorry.

My thought is given all those circumstances I would euthanize, sounds like a lot to put an old guy through, given his other health issues.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 02:42 PM
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My gelding was diagnosed with SCC on his penis when he was 25. He had no other health issues. My vet said she could surgically remove the tip of his penis, but she agreed with me when I said that at his age, that would be torture for him. She also said the SCC wouldn't kill him, but at some point we would have to consider quality of life.

He was bright eyed, with a delightful personality and reveled in life. With my vets supervision and advice, he allowed me to treat the condition for 3 years, cleaning his sheath several times a week to keep irritation down. He remained vibrant, bright eyed and still loving life through most of those 3 years. He didn't drop to pee either, and would lift his leg like a dog to pee.
He let me know when he was ready to go. I could see the pain in his eyes, and that's when I had him euthanized.
Not sure if any of this helps you, but if he's comfortable and not in pain, discuss with your vet ways you can help in minimizing the problems associated with SCC and what you can personally do to keep him comfortable for as long as possible.
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