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05-08-2014 12:58 PM
Jwrobinett Yeah I guess I just got lucky that it isn't stuck in his abdomen. He said that he could actually feel it, he just couldn't get it down in the sack
05-08-2014 12:32 PM
LaRen616
I think it can take as long as up to 6-8 months for it to drop.
My Dalmatian puppy has Cryptorchidism, his ball is in his abdomen. My Vet told me that I can wait to neuter him until he is 18 months old but then I have to neuter him because he will have a higher risk of cancer, he also said that the ball that didn't drop can become really hot while still in his body and it can cause other issues.
05-08-2014 12:17 PM
Jwrobinett So we just had our 10 week check up and he is very healthy and the vet said that he can feel both testicles but only one is going into the sack. He said that only time will tell if the other will drop. Other than that he is doing pretty well. He hates the crate but if I don't leave him in there he will pee and poop in the house.. He is being a little stubborn about potty training. Wish me luck! Thanks
04-28-2014 01:30 AM
trcy
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Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
i wonder if people here understand risk vs benefits of any medical procedure or when it is performed

for instance
two surgeries vs one a little later

leaving the one testicle intact in the 1st surgery and doing another surgery at 18mos??
makes no sense as there is more risk to two surgeries than performing one at 8-12 mos. and removing the retained as well as the other
I must have missed two surgeries being discussed. At any rate as I stated earlier we are doing a full neuter on our dog when he is 12 months old. At that time he will also have his hips x-rayed. He'll only need to be put under once.

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Originally Posted by Jwrobinett View Post
Not that I plan to breed my boy with the problems we are having now, but hypothetically speaking what would happen to him if the testicle was never dropped and there was no neuter? Would there be slowed development, change in personality/mood, or any other repercussions? Also if the testicle stayed in the canal while the other one dropped would he be sterile or would he still be able to produce offspring?
There is a cancer risk in the retained testicle. Dogs with retained testicles can breed, but they should NOT breed. They will pass the trait on to their puppies.
04-28-2014 01:26 AM
Vagus Glad to help, be sure to keep us updated. This forum loves pictures
And thank you! I'm sure Orion will be a beauty too
04-28-2014 01:20 AM
Jwrobinett Okay that helps! Right now I'm just praying that that thing drops! I didn't intend on a neuter until about 3 years old but I guess plans always change! Oh and Vagus, you have a gorgeous dog!
04-28-2014 01:02 AM
my boy diesel jwrob he would be able to reproduce just like a regular dog even with 1 testicle and 1 retained
the risk of cancer rises sharply in the retained one
he will have testosterone even with the neuter although would be sterile if neutered and also less testosterone but there is some in the body
as others said puberty hits about 8 mos.
04-28-2014 12:58 AM
Vagus
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Originally Posted by Jwrobinett View Post
Not that I plan to breed my boy with the problems we are having now, but hypothetically speaking what would happen to him if the testicle was never dropped and there was no neuter? Would there be slowed development, change in personality/mood, or any other repercussions? Also if the testicle stayed in the canal while the other one dropped would he be sterile or would he still be able to produce offspring?
1 - If the testicle is never removed, it reportedly has a much higher risk of developing malignancy (13x). Internal temperatures are not suitable for healthy testicular cell development and maintenance, hence why they chill out outside of the body

2 - I don't believe my boy had slower development? Although there's no way of really knowing I guess. Physically he seemed to have somewhat slow growth (compared to other peoples GSD pups) up until about 6months old, then he shot up and is currently 26.5-27 inches at the shoulder and 85lbs.



He started lifting his leg at 8 months, chest grew well, has a huge head (secondary sexual characteristics) and has started showing signs of mental maturity and even appropriate defensiveness since around 16months. However, I've never raised a GSD from puppyhood so I have no idea if he reached milestones at the 'right' times

3 - Potentially he could still be completely fertile and able to reproduce, which is why people push to neuter - because it's a genetic trait, and not something that should be passed on to the next generation.
04-28-2014 12:38 AM
Jwrobinett Not that I plan to breed my boy with the problems we are having now, but hypothetically speaking what would happen to him if the testicle was never dropped and there was no neuter? Would there be slowed development, change in personality/mood, or any other repercussions? Also if the testicle stayed in the canal while the other one dropped would he be sterile or would he still be able to produce offspring?
04-28-2014 12:19 AM
my boy diesel i wonder if people here understand risk vs benefits of any medical procedure or when it is performed

for instance
two surgeries vs one a little later

leaving the one testicle intact in the 1st surgery and doing another surgery at 18mos??
makes no sense as there is more risk to two surgeries than performing one at 8-12 mos. and removing the retained as well as the other
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