The case of the very teeny testicle!

february_2012-2-5We thought we would share an interesting case we recently had here at Rosemont with those of you who have an interest in what goes in the trenches during a normal day for us! As you all know, it is very important to spay and neuter our pets, not only to keep pet overpopulation at a minimum, but also for the long term health and well-being of our pets. Intact (or non-neutered) males, are at a much higher risk of testicular cancers, prostate infections, prostate cancers, and the prostate problems that make older men have to pee so frequently in the night, prostatic hyperplasia. Unspayed females are at a much higher risk for mammary cancers, and life-threatening uterine infections called pyometra, as well as other reproductive cancers.

Roscoe, a 9 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, very active and full of life came to see us about a month ago. His breeder warned his dad that only one of his testicles had descended, but not to worry, the other one will come. In reality, if your male dog’s testicle has not dropped by the time your breeder sells him to you, the odds of it actually appearing are very slim. So Roscoe’s dad waited…and waited…and watched. He probably made Roscoe a bit uncomfortable with all the checking! Finally, we went in to find the missing part!

After much searching we finally found what we had all been waiting for-Roscoe’s missing testicle. It was in his abdomen, far from where it should have been, not making it very far from where it started during gestation, which was right near his kidney. The thing about it though, was that it was small, actually, not even small, it was TINY, and misshapen. This testicle was sitting in Roscoe’s abdomen and had no intention of ever coming out as his breeder promised! We removed the normal and abnormal testicle and Roscoe is doing just fine today.

What does this mean for other dogs with this problem? What does it mean for someone who is planning to get a dog from a breeder? Basically, that abnormal testicle that remains in the body is subjected to a higher temperature than the normal one, and due to this, Roscoe was at a much higher risk for testicular cancer. Now that it is removed, that risk has been eliminated. While the surgery is more involved, and the recovery is a bit longer, this is minor compared to what could have been in Roscoe’s future. The same is true for any dog, or cat, with the same problem. The technical name for a retained testicle is a cryptorchid, and cryptorchidism is a hereditary problem, so make sure your breeder has not seen this problem in his or her line of pups.

Just another reason to make sure you ask lots of questions of your breeder, and always spay and neuter your pets! 🙂

Attached, a picture of the normal and “abnormal” goods Roscoe brought us!! Peek below if you dare!! 🙂



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