What is Cryptorchidism?
When either one or both testicle FAIL to descend from the abdomen into the scrotum. The testicle(s) may be palpable in the groin region or still present in the abdomen. By two months of age, both testicles should be in the scrotum although in rare occasions it may take four months.
How does my dog get Cryptorchidism?
Chyptorchidism is considered a genetic condition and has been reported in all breeds with a higher incidence in the breeds noted below.
How do I know if my dog has Cryptorchidism?
Although your veterinarian will need to confirm the diagnosis, the failure to feel two distinct testicles in the scrotum by two months of age is evidence of cryptorchidism.
What can I do about Cryptorchidism?
The testicle that has not descended SHOULD be surgically removed at the time of neutering to decrease the likelihood of testicular tumors that have a much higher frequency (ten times) of developing in testicles that are not in the scrotum. It is considered unethical to manipulate the non-scrotal testicle into position and ensure that it stays there surgically.
Is there anything I can do to prevent my dog from getting Cryptorchidism?
Breed selection is the only means of avoiding and even then it is unpredictable.
Are there certain breeds that get Cryptorchidism more often?
Toy poodles, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier,