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Old 10-05-2011, 11:37 PM
 
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This is my first post, and I really need some advice please. This is something I have never encountered in all my years of having dogs and I'm wondering if anyone else has?

I put our puppy in to the vets today to be neutered. Only one testicle had dropped so we assumed that the vet would locate the other on investigation. Unfortunately she (and the other vet) weren't able to find the other one. They want to put him under again to look for it somewhere else, but I'm not too keen at the moment. I'm wondering if ultrasounds would be a better option, and whether anyone here has been through this please? Any idea on costs of ultrasounds at all? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:38 AM
 
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If your vet is anything like the ones I am familiar with they will give you an estimate including the detailed cost breakdown of ultrasounds and diagnostic procedures.

While never having had this problem with a dog, and the neutering issue aside, we went through the hunt for the undescended testicle. The issue was that it poses a higher cancer risk.

If uour vet removed the one they could find it may do the trick. I understand the heat of being in the core of the body will make him sterile if he has one up there. On a longer time line I wonder if the there was torsion that killed the tissue and it was resorbed in a healing process.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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My lab's testicles didn't both drop until he was 8-9 months old. The vet suggested waiting before doing surgery because the inguinal ring was still open, and sure enough they eventually dropped.

I may be remembering incorrectly here - but I think he said an ultrasound wouldn't be that helpful in locating the missing testicle. Anyway, I had an ultrasound done on a different dog for a different reason; I think it was $130 or so. But vet costs vary wildly, so the best thing is to talk to your vet and a second opinion is never a bad idea when it comes to surgery.

This is a pretty good article on the topic.

One way or another, it's important to locate the missing testicle because the chances of cancer are quite high.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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It's possible your dog only had one testicle.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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I have had a dog with one testicle and the retained one was very small, about the size of a pea.

I have also had a recent ultrasound for a dog with an enlarged spleen....about $600 eeeeek but that was for a full scan looking for cancer as well as x-rays (because of the spleen size)....anyway the follow up in about 2 months will be $165 so I would consider that "bottom end" at least here.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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its NOT likely the dog only has 1 testicle...its actually very rare to have only one naturally. what is however quite common is that the other testicle hasnt descended yet (Or is shy and drops then receeds) the problem with an undescended testicle (which is usually up in the abdominal cavity) is it doesnt take long for it to turn cancerous (and undescended testciles that are not removed ALWAYS become cancerous) because of the heat in the cavity.

ive bene told ultrasounds are typically hit or miss...
the common procedure for an undescended testicle is to wait untill the dog is 6-8 months of age before neutering, then if still not descended at time of neuter they will enter the abdominal cavity and got get it and remove it, it costs a little more because they typically have to put in an extra insicion and they sometimes have to give a real good search for it lol) but compared to the cost of the average ultrasound these days, it can be cheaper to simply go looking for it during the neuter (or other procedure) than it is to ultrasound for it.

you said put him under again? does this mean hes already been neutered and they didnt manage to find the second testicle...if this is the case i think id be interveiwing new vets, as this is not an uncommon problem...

i would NOT have the dog put under anesthesia just to go find the missing testicle at this point...generally you have untill about 18 months old before an undescended testicle becomes a health problem.
but if your having him put under for a dental, or a neuter (assuming he wasnt neutered when initilaly put under) then id have them go in and find it...

since it is attatched, theres only so far into the abdominal cavity it can get and only so many places it can be...its not all that complicated of a surgery...ive sat in on a number of them when i worked at the vets clinic (i assisted with neuters but couldnt assist with spays or these types of surgeries because they are slightly higher risk)

either way if it doesnt drop by the time hes 18 months old it NEEDS to be found and removed...(sooner is better, but that tends ot be the age the problems start to occur) so it might be worth saving the money youd spend on ultrasound and just having an EXPERIENCED vet go hunting.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Dazzle had an undescended testicle and that is why he was considered " Pet Quality" rather then Show quality. At around 1 yr I had him neutered and the vet opened him up much like they do for a female spay and the testicle really was not that far inside the inguinal ring so was easy to find, he had warned me that sometimes they can be difficult to find. Like others have said you want to get it out because of the cancer risk .
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the replies. He is at home and feeling sore and sorry for himself at the moment. The vet and I spoke last night and we are going to put him back under GA in two weeks and she wants to look at the inguinal ring (as others have mentioned). She said that is where the specialist feels it should be. Fingers crossed, that is where they'll find it. I'll let you know how it turns out, and thanks again for caring enough to help :-)
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:20 AM
 
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We have a 2 and a half year old spinger spaniel. Found him over a year ago and only notice a couple of days ago that he has one testicle. I was wondering what we should do?
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:14 AM
 
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We have a 2 and a half year old spinger spaniel. Found him over a year ago and only notice a couple of days ago that he has one testicle. I was wondering what we should do?
Take him to the vet. As mentioned above, the undescended one WILL become cancerous.
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