Cryptorchidism

Cryptorchidism can happen in most any species but can uncommonly affect our cats and dogs. Only about 1.2% of dogs will suffer from cryptorchidism. In most cases, both testes will have dropped by two months of age, but sometimes can take up to five months to completely descend. The decent starts while they are still developing in the uterus where the testicle starts by the kidney and is then drawn down into the scrotum overtime through the inguinal canal by a piece of tissue called the gubernaculum. Sometimes they get stuck during transit in the abdomen itself, or in the inguinal ring or canal.

The retained testis can be a problem in itself for a couple reasons, and should be surgically removed. One reason is that the retained testicle is far more likely to develop cancer than the descended one. They stay smaller (like in this photo), don’t develop properly and never become functional as the temperature inside the body is too high. Another concern is that cryptorchidism likely has a genetic component to it, and therefore these animals should be castrated to prevent placing any further generations at risk.

Your veterinarian will check young boy puppies when they come in for their vaccinations and advise you to monitor the progress over a period of time if they have any concerns. Feel free to call us here at Cambridge Vets to book an appointment if you have any concerns.

Covid-19 Update 😷

To our wonderful clients, we are working hard to keep you and our team safe during this current climate. Unfortunately, even with protocols in place, people are still being impacted by this illness and that includes our team. We are managing this the best we can but there are times when we are not fully staffed.

Please be advised there may be longer wait times, days where we cannot offer our full range of services, and changes to our usual hours. Please be patient with us.We may have to reschedule your appointment at short notice as we take care of our staff too. We are sure you will appreciate that we are working exceptionally hard to provide the best care for your pets.

Thank you for your understanding and we will keep you updated as we work through the next few weeks.

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