Undescended Testicles in Puppies

 
Filed under Dr. Dym's Vet Blog

Your veterinarian will examine your puppy to ensure both testicles have descended.

During physical exam of young male puppies, a veterinarian will examine closely to determine whether both testicles have descended into the scrotum.  Testicles will usually descend into the scrotum within a few days of birth, but in some puppies this may be delayed for up to 6 months.   Usually if the testicles do not descend by 6 months of age, they usually will not in the future.

The most common presentation is when one testicle does not descend, a condition known as cryptorchidism.  The undescended testicle is typically found outside the scrotum, either up in the abdomen, or in the inguinal canal, where it may be palpated by the veterinarian. Veterinarians will monitor the situation closely, because if left untreated, undescended testicles have a more likely risk of developing tumors later on in life.  The undescended testicles are also more likely to twist inside the abdomen (known as a torsion), which may lead to loss of blood supply, secondary infection and even death.   Treatment is usually early surgical neutering after 6 months of age, in order to avoid these potential serious complications.

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4 Comments

  1. Dagmar Leininger
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    My Huskie puppie has not have his testicles descended yet, and he is almost 9 month old. He seems healthy,he runs, and eats well. Some folks told me to wait a full year since he is a large breed it may take longer for the testicles to descend. Is this true?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Usually fi they have not descended by 6 months, the will not. Waiting for one year is fine to do.

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  2. jill
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Our 11 week old puppy has one testicle that has not descended he is an Airedale and I wondered how often the testicle does descend within the 6month window.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I would wait a few months as in some cases the testicles will descend.

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  3. Julia
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Our yorkshire is 1 year and 3 months old, one of his testicles has not descended yet. do we remove both testicles, the undescended and descended ones? I’m getting mixed inforation from various sources. We wanted for him to keep his descended testicle and remove the one that’s undescended. the Vet stated due the fact he is so small there is not enought tissue to just drop the undescended testicle.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    It is best to remove both testes, as healthier for dog in long run

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  4. Tatiana
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I have a 15 y.o. male sheltie. He has a tumor in his testicles. For the past 3 years or so he has blood in his urine (about 2-3 times a year which are treated with antibiotics). Is there anything could be dome to help him (except surgery; I believe he is too old for that)?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I would work with holistic vet on raising his health. To learn more about homeopathy, go to http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets offer phone consultations.

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