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Ok, here goes.... (little shy about asking but I gotta) My yorkshire terrier is a male, almost 3 years old and the love of my life! He pulled a rear claw out while on holiday 2 weeks ago and when we were at the local vet they said he has only 1 testicle and that the other didnt drop. (dont ask me, I never knew this could happen) They said he needs surgery to remove the 'missing' one thats in his abdomen. If not, it will go cancerous. Worried, ive booked him into a vet here for next Wednesday.
Anyone ever been through this with a pet before? Will they ultrasound him first to see where the 'missing' one is or even if it developed to begin with? Sounded to me like they just operate right away. He struggled so much after being knocked out to remove the back claw and im concerned about it taking him so long to wake up properly after last time. He was like an infant asleep in my arms for over 10 hours after and that was a quick procedure. Just a worried 'mom' I guess but I dont like putting him through surgey unless its absolutely necessary.
Thanks for any advice....
my 14 year old sheltie has had this op and is totally fine now, Its always the case that the op will knock them out for a while but with TLC will be fine Gl to you
Many years ago we had a German Shepherd that had to have this done. He didn't need ultrasound the op was just like a normal neutering and he was back to normal within a day apart from the shaving rash!!
Both my dogs had to have this, my german shepherd, who had a retained one realy high up in his tummy,came home with quite a large scar and we had to make sure he didn't run about for a couple of weeks, he was realy drowsy for a day but after that he seemed to forget about it and the stitches were dissolving ones so he we didn't have the worry of taking him to have them out, my other dog a cavalier had the same op but his wasn't as a high up, he didn't have as big scar and again was fine after a day or two, and cavaliers are known for being a bit mardy probably cos they are so spoilt,but they are both perfectly fine now,the thing it did do, my german shepherd was never a very big eater and now he never stops, so have to be realy careful,as they are prone to put on wieght after being neutered.But it is best to get it done as the retained testicle can become cancerous in later life, any operation is a worry but I'm sure he will be fine.
Thank you everyone!!! I feel much better now and more informed. It really means a lot that you took the time to answer. Thanks!
this condition of one undescended testicle (monorchid) or both undescended (cryptochid) happens from time to time. we breed and always check the males before they leave for it as the recomended treatment, as you have quite rightly been advised, is neutering, so we must inform the new owner that the male in question would be a pet only. neutering is safe and staightforward (I think they use a different anaesthetic for yorkies due to their shorter muzzle thats all). this only becomes a problem if you bought your boy as potential show dog or stud dog, in which case you would need to mention your boys problem with the breeder. you can for showing get a medical dispensation certificate, which states your boy was neutered for health reasons, allowing you to show him following neutering
My Yorkie has had his surgery and it has been a terrible ordeal for him. Poor little thing has suffered. He had the surgery 8 days ago and is still not his happy little self yet. He ended up having to take meds to relax him because he drove himself almost crazy flopping his body on anything to rub his tummy. The collar made him even worse. He was obsessed. He had the stitches removed today and is on antibiotics for weeping. He is having difficulty controlling when he needs to wee as well, leading to a few accidents that he seems so ashamed of. All I can say is that I hope the person we purchased him from is aware (If not, he soon will be) so that no other Yorkie male will have to go through this ordeal. Im blessed to have our Yorkie as a "pet" only because he brings us such personal joy and I am glad to be aware of this problem now because I would never wish it on any pet or the pet owner. Its been heartbreaking. Still, fingers crossed, he will soon be back to his old self and live up to his name, "Tyke."
I did my work experiece at sheffield animal hospital in totley, last year. This undecended testicle was an operation on my first day, it is actually quite common and a simple operation to perform, the vets made it look simple, of course. The dog in the Op was a Collie and must have been around 3/4 as it was fully grown and the paws didnt look abnormally massive!! The vet told me that it can be a problem if it wasnt discovered but the Collie did just fine, even at its age, and was released later that day.
I hope this reasurres you, and im sure your pooch will be just fine :thumbsup: