I also around three weeks ago received a lovely update for Esme's litter siblings, Sadie and Obi (from Casper and Blottie's litter 2019). Obi has a retained testicle. It comes from Casper. Although Casper had both his testicles. This is another thing we found out with him. We had one pup, Barney with an undescended testicle on the other litter we had with him. It has no other health implications other than if left in situ a higher chance of testicular cancer. It is a bit more of an operation, my old boy Smidge had a retained testicle years ago. It was up high and it was a bit more of a surgery. His recovery after the op was no different than dogs I have had both dropped testicles removed though. It actually also seems to have little effect on their fertility. Dogs carrying the genes for it tend to have higher fertility and tend to trend toward more male offspring, as the article in the blog I link to below shows.
I did a blog about Barney's retained testicle update and the article I link to in it Cryptorchidism is complicated is interesting. I find it interesting how breeders can get funny about someone breeding from a dog with a retained testicle and yet happily breed for deformities such as undershot jaws or brachycephalic skulls, which cause no end of health problems for a dog, citing it's part of the breed standard, as the reason for why they can. I knew someone who had a lovely working terrier, who had a retained testicle and he bred from it with no problem. Then castrated the dog and the dog lived a long healthy life in to it's teens.
The higher risk of cancer is thought to be, because the testicle stays higher in the body, where it is much warmer. than the testicle should be. This is thought over time to cause mutation in the cells of the testicle. The only dog I've ever kept with a retained testicle, and dutifully castrated him at 12 months old was Smidge. He ended up so far, being my healthiest and longest lived Cavalier, dying at 14, due to an accident of me running him over. He's only health issue was a bit of arthritis and I actually kick myself on a regular basis, that I did not breed from him. Einsight is a wonderful thing!
Obi and Sadie had their 6 month vet check this week. They're both doing well, Obi is now 9.25kg, Sadie is 7.05 kg. They continue to bring us many hugs and amuse us with their chasing and sibling squabbles!
One problem though, Obi still has an undescended testicle, after a thorough examination the vet couldn't find it, and also said the other one is very small. So he will need a longer operation to find it when he is castrated which is a worry. We will be planning this operation in the next month, just wondered if anyone in his family tree had this as cryptorchidism is apparently genetic ?
Best wishes to you all.
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― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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