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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Dog - 6 year old German Shepherd - has frequent erections

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Dog - 6 year old German Shepherd - has frequent erections and ejaculates. These events seem to be happening more frequently. Is this a cause for concern for his health?

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Norah, Jaeger's behavior is no more prone to problems than is seen in breeding studs. Should you be seeing signs referable to urinary tract disorders such as stranguria - frequent attempts to urinate little or no urine, hematuria - blood in the urine; tenesmus - straining to defecate as might be caused by acute prostatitis in the adult intact (not neutered) male dog, or frank blood from Jaeger's penis (indicating prostatitis, urinary calculi (stones), or penile trauma), he would need the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience.

If his behavior has altered his quality of life and/or you find it unsettling, having him neutered should be helpful although it might not curb a 6 year old's sexual behavior completely. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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