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We have a litter of orphaned kittens that we have had since they were about a day old. They are now approximately 5 1/2 weeks old. One of the males presented yesterday with his penis swollen and dribbling urine. I took him straight to our local vet this morning. He got a shot of anti-inflammatory and PCN. He drained his bladder and got 4cc urine out. We brought him home and are doing warm compresses and he said to gentle squeeze the penis to manually deflate it.
I trust our vet but he admits that he has not seen this problem before and doesn't normally see kitten this small. I'm concerned and do not want this kitten to end up with permanent damage.
We had noticed the one of the other kittens sucking on his penis. We have separated them and are doing the warm compresses. Is there anything else we can do?

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Hi Mary,

Your vet has provided the right treatment for the case.The inflammation probably has happened due to sucking and subsequent injury/infection.Penicillin would control the infection and an anti-inflammatory would reduce the inflammation.Once inflammation is reduced dribbling of urine should be over unless it has inflicted some physical damage to the penis/urethra.Let's hope it is no so.Do continue with the treatment your vet suggested.Please check the litter material that it is not causing any inconvenience/interference on the penile region.

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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