Cryptorchidism Suggestioms/Help

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Hi All,

I have 14 week old Male Doberman who we took to the vet at 12 weeks old. We are going to head back when he is 16 weeks, however, during our first visit his testicles had not dropped yet. The vet is saying that if they are still retained at 16 weeks they will diagnose him with Cryptorchidism. 

My question is: at what age do Doberman testiclez typically drop? Our breeder said they have had males where this did not happen until 14 months. Any advice, experience, or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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I guess it depends on the dog, my boys dropped at 5 months almost 6 months. 

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Juneau's were both dropped completely when I picked him up at 12 weeks. 

There is always a chance that the other testicle will drop, but the chances are getting smaller as time passes.  I would not worry about it at this point unless he is destined for the conformation show ring - then I would worry a lot!

You will definitely want to have him neutered once he is mature as a retained testicle is a cancer risk. Depending on where the lost one is, the neuter surgery will not be as easy as a regular neuter. It will be abdominal surgery to locate the missing testicle. 

My boy had one testicle that would not drop. I could feel it when he was sitting further up and as soon as he would stand it would disappear. Seeing I wanted to show him it was important to me that both dropped. On advice from a well known show breeder she told me what she did to help the situation and if it was a shortened spermadic sp? Cord it could be stretched. Important to note all dogs are different and the testicle might be in a totally different location where this may not help and may not be located. Also this should always be done gently and should NEVER cause ANY pain to the dog. In our case it helped and the testicle dropped the ring was closed and it stayed in place until he was recently neutered. I'm glad I did try this because it does make the neuter process go much easier. His littermate had the same problem and luckily for him they had ultrasound done before his neuter surgery otherwise it is a guessing game where it might be located. 

 

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Thank you all for sharing your experiences and advice! I'll post back when we get him to his next vet appointment. I'll be limiting my worrying for a little while longer, at least until he gets closer to the 6 month age.