Dogs bite, this is just a reality. However, some dog bites present greater issues than others. Dog bites to the balls present some serious consequences.
Thus, owners of dogs that tend to go for the jugular must take responsibility and train this behavior out of the dog!
In this article, we will discuss the “why’s”, “what’s”, and “what to do’s” of dog bites to the balls, whether the balls belong to humans, other dogs, or the dog themselves!
My Puppy Bit My Balls
Dog bites to the testicles are scary and can cause some major and lasting issues. However, it is not anything to freak out about because so long as you are diligent, go to the hospital when you suspect a problem may be present, and take preventative measures when you know a dog has a history of biting or attempting to bite human balls, you should be just fine!
Why Do Puppies Bite Testicles?
It is hard to say exactly why dogs are attracted to biting testicles. However, if we were to guess it probably has something to do with smell. Regardless of how clean, dirty, or sweaty someone is, there will always be some kind of faint smell associated with the testicle area.
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell that allows them to detect even the slightest smells from far away. This includes the smell of human testicles.
The smell of human testicles is likely to faint for humans to notice, but a dog’s keen sense of smell allows them to notice even the most minimal smells.
When dogs find smells attractive they often go after it with their mouths. This is because their mouths are their main way of interacting with the world and possessing something as their paws have limited abilities when it comes to grabbing and controlling things.
Thus, if the smell of human testicles is an attractive smell to a dog, it makes sense that they would attempt to capture it with its mouth!
Do All Puppies Bite This Sensitive Area?
Not all puppies express the need to target sensitive areas! Many dogs will only bite at things they view as a toy. This may include your hands because you use them to play with the dog and hold the dog’s toys when playing with it.
However, this does not mean that a dog will never go after a sensitive area. Sensitive areas, especially ones that carry an attractive or potent smell are attractive to some dogs!
Overall, some dogs will go their whole lives without showing any interest in biting sensitive areas!
Why Do Puppies Bite Infants & Mobility Difficulties?
Though it is not possible to point to one clear reason why puppies bite infants, we can make a few assumptions.
A puppy that is used to getting a lot of human attention may begin to feel ignored upon the arrival of a new human in the house that is absorbing all of the attention. If this is the case, the puppy may take measures to get your attention regardless of whether the attention is good or bad attention. What better way to get a human’s attention than to mess with an infant.
When a dog decides to bite an infant, the infant is at a clear disadvantage against the puppy because of mobility concerns. Infants are not as fast or mobile as older children or full-grown adults and this puts them at a clear disadvantage when trying to avoid a dog bite. The infant cannot get away from the dog to avoid the bite.
Thus, they are left very vulnerable to injury.
What To Do If You Get Bitten In The Balls?
If you find yourself on the wrong side of a dog bite to the balls, we have a few suggestions for you. Injuries to the balls after a dog bite do not always appear right away. The injuries often go unseen by the naked eye.
Therefore, it is a good idea to err on the side of caution and go into the hospital to get it checked out!
Regardless of whether anything is found at the hospital, you should keep an eye on the area and monitor for any developing swelling or unexplained pain.
How Dangerous Is It For Me?
Currently, there are no reported cases of testicle loss due to a dog bite. However, this doesn’t mean that serious injuries do not happen. In the case of a 52-year-old male who experienced a dog bite to the scrotum, blood flow was restricted. This blood flow restriction resulted in the testicle no longer being viable.
When a testicle is no longer viable it means that the testicle is no longer functional. Thus, losing the viability of a testicle can have negative effects on one’s fertility due to the lack of function of one’s bitten testicle.
So just because the actual loss of a testicle is unlikely, the loss of function is a real possibility. The danger associated with a dog bite to the testicles varies based on the actual severity of the injury.
The more severe the injury, the greater the danger to you.
How Painful Is It?
The pain associated with a dog bite to the balls really depends on the size and bite strength of the dogs that bite you. If the dog is small and does not really have the strongest bite, it will not hurt as bad as a bite from a larger dog with a strong, powerful grip.
It makes sense, a large dog packs a lot of power and has a lot of strength behind that bite. With power and strength, the dog is better capable of causing a greater amount of pain!
Either way, a bite to the balls is not going to feel good by any means! Even the slightest bite or blunt force trauma to a sensitive area of this sort will be painful!
Blood Loss When Bitten In The Scrotum [Looks Scary!]
Blood loss is NEVER a good thing! Blood loss from the scrotum is no exception! If you experience blood loss after a dog bites the balls, it is a good idea to head to the hospital as soon as possible because there could be a bigger issue than just blood loss!
Blood loss could signal many things and it is better to be safe than sorry!
A Puppy Bit My Scrotum And A Little Bit Of Blood Came Out. What Do I Do?
Go to the hospital! It is always a good idea to err on the side of caution and get it checked out by a doctor! Extensive injuries do not always look all that bad from the outside, but can be much, much worse under the surface!
Why Did I Faint?
A sudden surge of extreme pain can most definitely cause someone to faint! It is easy to cause a large surge of paint to a sensitive area because it takes less force overall to cause even slight pain. Sensitive areas include areas that are less protected by bone or fat and areas that have lots of nerve endings such as your fingertips or genitals.
The balls are a very sensitive area! The balls experience a lot of pain from even the slightest unwanted pressure or infliction of any type of pain.
The ease with which pain can be inflicted on a sensitive area such as the ball makes a large surge of pain-capable of causing one to faint much more likely! This surge of overwhelming pain is why a bite to the balls can cause one to faint!
Puppy Lunges Up To Bite During Fetch/Play?
A puppy that targets the balls when playing is likely having an issue distinguishing what areas of a person they can target when playing and what areas they cannot. When dogs are playing together they are biting each other on the legs, ears, mouth, all areas are fair game. The dog does not know that this is not the case when they are playing with humans and must be taught differently!
Additionally, a Puppy that lunges up to bite during play is likely lunging to get the ball or toy you are playing with. It is a good idea to implement clear training strategies to clearly distinguish between what is a toy and what is not!
How To Teach My Dog To Stop Jumping And Biting My Scrotum?
This can be done by making a yelping sound, the sound a dog makes when they are signaling that they are hurt when the puppy attempts to put their mouth on something that they should not. By yelping, you are speaking their language and they can understand that you are signaling, with the yelp, that you are in pain when they bite that area or thing.
What Protection Should I Use To Protect Myself?
When playing with a puppy that has shown interest in biting things other than their toys, you should take some steps to protect yourself. If the dog is smaller and capable of being controlled by you, you should turn your lower boys away from the dog when they run towards you. If the dog is bigger and you are playing with it to try to teach it not to bite, we’d recommend wearing a cup or another equivalent form of hardcover protection over your testicles to prevent extreme harm if the dog does bite you there!
It is always better to be proactive than reactive!
Can You Die From Your Testicles Being Bitten Off By A Dog?
It is feasible that one could die from having their balls bitten clean off by a dog. Having your balls bitten clean off would likely cause a lot of blood loss which could eventually, possibly lead to death.
However, it is very unlikely and there are not any recorded cases of this actually happening!
Dog Biting His Own Balls
There can be many reasons a dog is biting at its balls and many have simple explanations! We know that dogs use their teeth and mouths to reach areas that their paws cannot, such as itching those unreachable areas!
Is Testicle Wound On A Dog Dangerous?
Wounds, especially ones that are capable of being seen by the naked eye, should always be taken seriously!
Just like with human injuries, it is best practice to head to the hospital. Take your dog to the vet and have them check it out as soon as possible!
My Dog Was Bitten By Another Dog On His Testicles
Again, anytime your dog is bitten and you are concerned that there may be an injury, bring them to the vet!
Better to be safe than sorry!
Why Is Our Dog Biting Other Dogs’ Testicles?
If your dog is biting other dogs in the testicles, it may be because they are trying to assert their dominance over the other dogs. This is one of many possible reasons.
However, if your dog is doing this it is important to punish them whenever you witness it because taking steps to stop the behavior as soon as possible will be the most effective in the long run!
Additionally, if you are the owner of a dog that tends to bite balls, it is your responsibility to take steps to train this behavior out of the dog. This is important because it can be very dangerous for you and every one your dog comes in contact with!