An award-winning veterinary surgeon has performed genital surgery on a Jack Russell terrier.
The dog, called Molly, presented at the Pets‘n’Vets Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow’s Southside after her owner became concerned about her excited behaviour, which was causing discomfort and abrasions in the genital area.
Ross Allan, who won this year’s BSAVA Melton Award for contributions to small animal practice, said: “Molly was what is defined medically as a male pseudohermaphrodite, or, more commonly, ‘intersex’. Her particular anatomy meant while Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia, and this was leading to significant genital discomfort.
“If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition. We decided the best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation that would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.”
During surgery, Mr Allan found Molly’s internal sexual organs were of a male, possessing testicles in place of ovaries within her abdomen.
The complex procedure involved removing her pseudomale sexual organ and forming a functional urethral opening where the female genitalia would normally be found.
Mr Allen said: “The surgery was a great success and Molly is much more comfortable and happier as a result.
“Intersexism is rare in pets and some cases will not require treatment. In Molly’s case, it was a painful condition causing problems and surgery was an important step to ensure she was able to live a pain-free life.”
- The headline and opening paragraph of this article were amended on 26 April.