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Question Has anyone's dog had their undescended testicle drop?

Looking for some advice or suggestions...........

Oliver (7 months) has started having some tenderness near his scrotal area. He has been licking the area off/on. He doesn't like me touching/looking in that area. I don't see where anything has bit him. It is just a little red with some swelling. I have put a couple of t-shirts on him to prevent him from licking on it. He has a good appetite and continues to be very playful. He did have a few loose stools on Friday, but that has since resolved.

I hope Oliver doesn't mind me posting his business but he has only one testicle......the other one has yet to drop. I'm thinking that the other testicle is trying to come down. Has anyone's dog had this experience?

I would like to wait until he is a year old before having him neutered but this may come sooner if this problem persists.
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Our vet recommended us having our golden neutered at 6 months. Is there a benefit to waiting for a year? I'm interested to see the comments your post brings. This is our first male dog.

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Rescue had a couple of puppies from a litter that never did have the second one drop, we waited until they were 14 months old to neuter to give them time. Both had to have abdominal surgery to retrieve undescended one.

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We're still waiting for one of Spirit's to drop. The Vet has been keeping an eye it already and said the neuter procedure will be more invasive like a spay procedure if it hasn't descended when it's time for the procedure. We plan on 6 months or so.

I'd think the longer you wait, the more tender it could be if there is it is causing an internal problem. Might be worth consulting the vet to be sure.

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It's pretty unlikely that the second testicle is going to drop at 7 months. I'm afraid your boy is in for bigger neuter than normal. I've never seen or heard of the testicle being painful though (unless it's twisted/torsed internally and that would cause far more than licking the scrotum). It's more likely he's licking his scrotum because he irritated it somehow.

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My dog spirit had one that did not drop, he got neutered, at about 1 yr. old.
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It is in my contract to wait until he is 1 yr. old before neutering him. My breeder says that neutering under a year can stunt their growth somewhat due to the lack of testosterone. I have been in contact with her about this issue and she has given me permission to neuter him early if I need to. I am also concerned about torsion. My breeder says that is almost unheard of in dogs. I hope she is right. I would like to wait as long as possible simply because the closer it gets to the scrotum the easier it will be to find it.
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I doubt it will move at all the longer you wait, but it will be bigger and easier to find. I'd wait until a year without hesitation if that's what you would prefer. It's very unlikely that there would be any emergency problem with the retained testicle, so waiting a few more months is just fine.

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I'd neuter him asap - our golden had one undescended testicle and we waited until 10 months to neuter him. The recovery after surgery has been really tough and I've heard it's easier the younger you do it...
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Our vet recommended us having our golden neutered at 6 months. Is there a benefit to waiting for a year? I'm interested to see the comments your post brings. This is our first male dog.
Have a good, educated talk with your veterinarian. Also, discuss this article with him.

http://www.weebly.com/uploads/2/0/2/..._retreiver.pdf

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Looking for some advice or suggestions...........

Oliver (7 months) has started having some tenderness near his scrotal area. He has been licking the area off/on. He doesn't like me touching/looking in that area. I don't see where anything has bit him. It is just a little red with some swelling. I have put a couple of t-shirts on him to prevent him from licking on it. He has a good appetite and continues to be very playful. He did have a few loose stools on Friday, but that has since resolved.

I hope Oliver doesn't mind me posting his business but he has only one testicle......the other one has yet to drop. I'm thinking that the other testicle is trying to come down. Has anyone's dog had this experience?

I would like to wait until he is a year old before having him neutered but this may come sooner if this problem persists.
Which testicle is down, left or right? That makes a difference in knowing if the other will come down.

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I'd neuter him asap - our golden had one undescended testicle and we waited until 10 months to neuter him. The recovery after surgery has been really tough and I've heard it's easier the younger you do it...
Any surgery is harder when the dog is older and there is more of a blood supply to an area. However, I feel, as do many others that it is more beneficial to the dog to be neutered after 12 months and preferably at 24 mo. or later.
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