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Case Of The Month

Case of the Month

The section highlights interesting cases we encounter here at the Animal Clinic. Not all cases documented have a happy outcome.


Dingleberry, a 6-month-old, Red Heeler was presented for a routine neuter. There was no scrotum and no testicles were palpated. Since the owner stated she had owned him since he was 7 to 8 weeks old, it was decided to do an exploratory to see if they were inside the abdomen, because he was exhibiting definite male tendencies toward female dogs when they were in heat.

The testicles were found inside the abdomen and were abnormally small. One was found near the right kidney and the other was down toward the inguinal ring. Both were connected to tissue that resembled the immature uterus of a female dog, complete with an area of bifurcation (joined like a "Y"), just as in a female dog. Both testicles were removed.

This is a very unusual case. It is called cryptorchidism and occurs somewhat frequently in dogs, horses and swine (hereditary). It is occasionally found in the cat also. The testicles in the dog are usually descended by 8 weeks of age. The risk developing testicular cancer if the testicles are not removed from the abdomen is 10 times greater for cryptorchids than for normal male dogs. Dogs that are cryptorchids are usually sterile, but will show all of the behavioral characteristics of an intact male dog.

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