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What to do with retained testicles (canine cryptorchidism)?



Introducing Wombat, the one nut wonder (his nick name from mum and dad).

Wombat got this nick name because he was a cryptorchid dog (he only had one testicle descended into his scrotum). The other one was missing so when he came in for a routine de-sexing procedure we had to go on the hunt for the missing testicle.


What to do with retained testicles (canine cryptorchidism)? Find the testicle/s and remove them! Why? Retained testicles are thought to be more likely to become a cancer risk (testicular cancer).

Cryptorchidism is the medical term that refers to the failure of one or both testicles (testes) to descend into the scrotum. The testes develop near the kidneys within the abdomen and normally descend into the scrotum by two months of age. In certain dogs it may occur later, but rarely after six months of age.

Cryptorchidism may be presumed to be present if the testicles cannot be felt in the scrotum after two to four months of age. A retained testicle is often smaller in size and can be of abnormal shape.

Wombat a 9-month-old pug came into the clinic to be de-sexed and to have his missing testicle found. In Wombat’s case his testicle was palpable in the inguinal area and he didn’t require abdominal surgery to have it removed.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet, please give us a call at the clinic, we are more than happy to help.

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