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A dog with hypospadias, showing failure of fusion of the urethra, prepuce, and scrotum resulting in a nonfunctional, caudoventrally deviated and exposed penis with a nonfused prepuce[1]
Hypospadias in a dog, showing the prepuce was missing from the bulbus glandis cranially.[2]

Hypospadias is a common congenital abnormality which results from inadequate fusion of urethral folds[3].

This disease is primarily diagnosed in male dogs (15:1)[4] and in most breeds although Boston Terrier appear to have an underlying genetic predisposition[5].

The underlying etiology may be genetic, but endocrine disrupters such as organochlorines may contribute to organ dysgenesis in utero[6][7].

In affected dogs, the urethral meatus opens on the ventral surface of the penile shaft proximal to its normal location[8].

Penile hypoplasia, ventral deviation and non-functionality may also be observed[9].

Concurrent congenital problems such as cryptorchidism[10], hermaphroditism[11] and pseudohermaphrodism, prostatic absence[12] and renal aplasia have also been reported.

Clinically, these dogs present with urinary incontinence and cystitis, probably due to the close proximity of the urethral meatus to the anus as well as the shorter length of the urethra. Testosterone levels are usually very low and FSH/LH levels often undetectable[13].

Shortening of the penis, amputation or urethral reconstruction are recommended for dogs with recurrent cystitis unresponsive to medical therapy[14]. The surgery is designed to move the urethral stoma to a more cranioventral location away from the anus.

A bilateral orchidectomy is recommended due to the potential heritability of this condition. Excision of the nonfunctional exposed external genitalia to prevent irritation is also advised.


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  3. Boothe HW (2003) Penis, prepuce, and scrotum. In: Slatter D, editor. Textbook of Small Animal Surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders. pp:1535–1536
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  8. Hayes HM & Wilson GP (1986) Hospital incidence of hypospadias in dogs in North America. Vet Rec 118:605–606
  9. Croshaw JE & Brodey RS (1960) Failure of preputial closure in a dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc 136:450–452
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  12. Jurka P et al (2009) Hypospadias in six dogs. Vet Rec 164(11):331-333
  13. Cassata R et al (2008) Clinical, cytogenetic and molecular evaluation in a dog with bilateral cryptorchidism and hypospadias. Cytogenet Genome Res 120(1-2):140-143
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