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Plechner's Syndrome/Cortisol/Estrogen 

 
 


 SEXUAL MALADIES
 

By Alfred J. Plechner, D.V.M.


We do see a few anatomical sexual maladies, but for the millions of animals born every year, we see very few. We do see a number of sexual maladies that do come from a hormonal antibody imbalance referred to as Plechner's Syndrome. Have you ever wondered why your female dog is interested in "mounting" other animals and possibly, mounting their owners?

Why are my male dogs still fighting after being neutered? I thought neutering would help, but sadly this must happen because of "learned behavior". Maybe not! Did you ever wonder why your neutered male is still urinating in places to mark his territory? What is all that about? Did you ever wonder why your female or male cat will spray the wall, as though marking their "territory" after being spayed or neutered?

The answer is that they suffer from Plechner's Syndrome. Because of the cortisol imbalance, abnormal hormones are produced from the inner layer adrenal cortex, including not only estrogen but also male hormone called androgen. Some male dogs that have imbalance with high estrogen never learn to lift their leg to urinate, but only squat to urinate. [This might not be a bad thing under certain circumstances] Often female pets can appear to have a "heat cycle" even after they have been spayed. Male dogs can suffer from having very enlarged nipples like a female dog that has had puppies.

This topic is discussed in more depth, in the available publications listed on the Published Works page.

Dr. Alfred J. Plechner, Copyright 2008

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