Our puppy who is 14 weeks old was at the vet today for shots. My vet said that one testicle has not dropped. She said she takes this serious and will watch it, said sometimes it turns tumorous. (I am not sure of the wording) we will be getting him neutered between 5 and 6 months.
anyone have this happen?
***Edited By: 2dogowner on 8/1/2005 9:19:09 PM*** Reason: sp
what breedis your dog? Cryptorchidism is a condition present in male dogs that is highly hereditary, and thus, more common in some breeds than others. It's true, when a dog's testicle doesnt descend and remains in the body cavity, the retained testicle is at a far far greater risk of developing cancer. Exponentially higher, in fact. The surgery to neuter these dogs is more invasive too, beause it requires going into the body cavity instead a slit in the scrotum. Dogs are supposed to have descended testicles by the age of 4 months, at 6 months the 'hole' in the intramuscular wall closes, trapping the testicle in the body cavity. Good luck with it all, hopefully it descends and the neutering is a normal one.
I would give it a little more time before you panic, toys can take longer to drop occasionally, just keep regular check ups with the vet and hope for the best, Had you intended on breeding, or just curious?
GET IT DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that is what happened to our first boxer and he was 6 weeks short of his 2nd birthday when they removed a tumor bigger than a mans softball from his abd. he was 2weeks shy of his 2nd birthday when i had to put him down. that type of cancer is a FAST spreading kind, with no outward signs.
With a dog that size, I'd still hold off on getting him neutered until he ws 6 months old, the hole being closed or open isnt' really going to affect the surgery, it's still going in through the lining of the abdomen.