Treatment for cryptorchidism in dogs involves trying to palpate the testicles and see if they're in the inguinal canal or the abdomen. Find out how to treat cryptorchidism in dogs with advice from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on dog health care.
Hey, I'm Dr. Bob Pane, a veterinarian at Southkendall.com. Let's talk about Cryptorchidism in dogs. It's defined as an undescended testicle or both testicles. It's usually genetic, so most veterinary people recommend not breeding these animals and neutering them. We treat this by trying to palpate the testicles and see if they're in the inguinal canal or if they're in the abdomen. If you can't palpate them in the inguinal canal, or in the scrotal sac, then we have to go and do an exploratory and find them. They usually start off in a relogical development behind the kidneys and they develop, they slowly descend through the embilogical cycle into the testicles, but some dogs, because they're genetically predisposed, do not drop, And the problem is if they're left in the abdomen, sometimes they form cancer. If worse comes to worse, they become sterile, but we do not want this trait to be passed on to their babies so we recommend the males to be neutered and so they don't pass it on to their puppies. And again, you have to make a midline incision usually, and look inside the abdomen. If you palpate it outside the abdomen in the inguinal canal, then we make an incision in the inguinal canal and we look for it, we pull it out, we tie it off and remove them. But it's a pretty straightforward procedure. Most veterinarians have done hundreds of these and it's pretty common. It is not anything that will affect the dog's quality of life, but it's something you should probably have your veterinarian check, have them look and see if they can palpate them and sometimes you're not, in small dogs you can't really palpate your testicles to like three to four months of age, but you should go to your veterinarian when you get your vaccinations and have them palpate to make sure they both have dropped.