Swollen sheath concerns owner

Recently my 14-year geldings sheath started to swell. I did a routine cleaning of the sheath area and it did seem to go down a little. But it does come and go. My concern is that the sheath area seems to be hard at times. He is a little overweight ...Recently my 14-year geldings sheath started to swell. I did a routine cleaning of the sheath area and it did seem to go down a little. But it does come and go. My concern is that the sheath area seems to be hard at times. He is a little overweight ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Tammy Carlson wrote:
Hi! Just had a question. Recently my 14-year geldings sheath started to swell. I did a routine cleaning of the sheath area and it did seem to go down a little. But it does come and go. My concern is that the sheath area seems to be hard at times. He is a little overweight being the winter time. I do have a hard time trying to clean and check for his bean. He seems to be eating and drinking just fine. I do not see him urinate during the day, cuz i’m at work but his stall is wet in the morning when I clean stall, so I know he is urinating. Do you think I should have a local vet out to sedate him so I can clean him out real good? It is cold here too, do you think it will be a problem washing him out in this cold weather? Any suggestion would be great.

Thanks for your time,
Tammy

Tammy,

Try using some warm water to clean his sheath. You need to get ‘the bean’ out if there is one. His sheath could be just enlarged due to his over weight and lack of activity. If you can’t get it clean then have your local vet come out and do it for you.

Good Luck,
Dr. Lowder