Undescended Testicles in Puppies

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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  1. 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?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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

  3. 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.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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

  5. 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.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 10, 2013 at 2:51 am

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

  7. 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)?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    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.

  9. My little poodle puppy is 19 weeks old, he is very small and one vet said that both testicles are in place the other said that one testicle did not descend. the second vet says that it is not likely to descend by the age of 6 months the other one says it is likely to descend because we have to give him time because he is very small was born last in the litter, I am very scared of surgery, I am scared he is going to have complications, please let me know how complicated the surgery is especially if you have to open the abdomen, I am scared to death he is going to die of complications.

  10. My 10 month old morky has no testicals must i wait another month or go to vet asap

  11. Our dog had surgery for testicles that had not descended. It has been three days, and the itching seems to be driving him crazy. He is on pain meds and a mild sedative, but every once in awhile he cries out and runs around banging the cone into furniture and the walls. Is there anything we can do to make him more comfortable?

  12. Our three month old Labrador pup has one testicle (left) descended, with the right kind of palpable, feels like it might be smaller. is it too early to be concerned about cryptorchidism?

  13. I have a 6 mo old Toy Poodle, he weighs 5.5 lbs. He has mo testicle as yet. He was the runt in a litter of 4 males. Should I get him to the vet or wait a little longer? He is very active and healthy otherwise.

  14. Hi Sandra, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian to determine the next best course of treatment. If there’s anything additional we can assist you with, please feel free to contact our Customer Care Team at 1-800-738-6337. Wishing all the best to you and your puppy!

  15. We have a 7-1/2 month old male American Akita and only one testicle has dropped. Does this mean there is absolutely no way he can produce sperm and be studded out still or no?

  16. Is Jills Airedale okay as this was years ago. I now have an Airedale with only one descended.

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