Have you worried about why your dog is having an erection? An obvious one that can’t seem to go away? Well, you are not the only one with a dog that has a red dog Boner that doesn’t seem to end, as this is a pretty common dog issue, and in this post, we’ll explain it and show you how to fix it.
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1. What is Dog Red Rocket?
Dog red rocket, also known as Paraphimosis, is a dog medical condition (and it can happen in cats as well) in which the canine can’t pull back his penis into its sheath, which gives the impression your dog is in a state of sexual arousal when he’s not.
The dog’s penis (the red part) is protected inside a layer of skin called the sheath or prepuce that acts as some sort of foreskin. when your dog’s penis is erect, the sheath retreats back uncovering the penis, causing a lipstick, red rocket or whatever you wish to call it.
Technically it is impossible for a canine penis to go flaccid because it contains a bone called “os penis” which allows it to achieve some sort of intermission when erected. For some reason that usually doesn’t relate to sexual excitement and it’s out of your dog’s control. This is why you should never punish your dog either verbally or physically for displaying such behavior, as your dog won’t be able to retreat his penis inside its sheath.
2. Why is my dog displaying a Red Dog Rocket?
A red dog lipstick as some dog moms call it can occur for different reasons, some of which are:
a). Behavioral Reasons:
b). Physical Reasons:
- Hormonal disruption
- Climate Change
Many people think that a dog boner is always related to sexual excitement either toward their owner or to another animal; however, this is not true at all. Different feelings can cause a red dog lipstick. Feelings like the ones mentioned before are frequently what cause your dog’s penis to get stuck and then he can’t get it back inside the sheath.
The trauma caused by fear or shock, especially during sexual intercourse is usually more often the main reason behind this condition, That’s why veterinarians advise pet owners to never punish their dogs when they are having sexual intercourse, since dogs are animals that pay close attention and have excellent hearing, and any sort of surprise can shock them.
If you don’t want to have complications related to your dog getting sexually involved with another female dog, you can refer to safer solutions like neutering.
3. Is Red Dog Rocket Bad For My Dog?
This question is frequently asked by dog owners whose dogs suffer from this issue. To be honest, it’s unsafe for your dog’s penis to stay out of its sheath for a long time because normally, it’s always protected by a top layer of skin (which is the sheath), or by other fluids (in the case of female vaginal fluids during sexual intercourse), therefore, it’s never exposed to air or external conditions for long periods of time.
This exposure can cause severe health issues for your dog, which are but not limited to:
1. Swelling due to the penis being stuck outside of the prepuce.
2. Tissue damage (the penis itself is covered in a mucous membrane that is very fragile and can be harmed by too much dust and exposure to light.
3. Severe pain due to the penis’ skin getting dried out from exposure to air and light for too long.
4. Inadequate blood flow which causes the penis to turn purple or blueish.
You should understand that Red Dog Lipstick itself isn’t as dangerous for your dog as is the reason behind it, therefore, we must first understand the reason behind such behavior or condition.
If your dog is young and hasn’t received proper training, you can train him to not display such behavior. However, if your dog is trained and he’s usually well behaved, then this might signal physical issues like the ones we have mentioned before. Therefore, you should always pay close attention to your dog and monitor any changes in his behavior prior to and after such incidents.
4. How Can You Fix Dog Red Lipstick?
The solution to this issue depends usually on the reason in the first place. You need to know what’s causing your dog to show his penis randomly and for long periods of time, and yes, you can help him. Well, most of the time you can.
If your dog is only flashing a part of his penis, then usually it’s a matter of excitement, and by the way, excitement doesn’t have to be sexual excitement, your dog can be excited to see you or to see a neighbor’s dog.
Furthermore, several female dog owners say that their male dog experiences red dog lipstick more frequently when the females are in heat, which makes sense since dogs can smell hormones and the hormones can noticeably change during the heat cycle.
If your dog is a full-on red dog rocket or the rocket is purple instead of red then this will likely need the intervention of a veterinarian. This is usually an inflammation on the level of the sheath gland which is preventing the penis from retreating as normal.
Another reason that can cause the penis to not retreat back normally is hair found at the tip of the sheath. Keep in mind that the dog’s penis is covered with a membrane so thin that even hair can cause problems and disrupt the penis from retreating inside the sheath.
Whatever the reason is behind your dog’s red lipstick, you can try to help him using one of the following methods:
- Try to manually pull his shaft back and forth to help release any stuck hair or whatever else is blocking it.
- Use a cold-water compress to relieve the swelling that might be causing the issue.
- Apply some coconut oil on your dog’s penis and try to reposition its gland, usually, dry-humping can cause the gland to shift a bit.
- A sugar-water solution on a swelled penis can help suck out the fluids and allow the penis to retreat normally.
These were the reasons for and treatments of a dog red lipstick. Keep in mind that the best way to fix this issue is to take your dog to the vet, especially if the issue keeps on happening or if the fixes we proposed didn’t seem to work.