Bobby was suffering froma condition called cryptorchidism,
otherwise known as an undescended testicle.
Bobby was presented toWill, one of the primary clinicians atWillows,
one afternoon for a pre-operative consultation to discuss the options
regarding a problem he had had since birth.
He was suffering from a condition called
cryptorchidism, otherwise known as an
undescended testicle.What made Bobby’s
case more unusual was that he was affected
on both sides. After a discussion of the pros
and cons of operating compared with not
operating, it was decided that he would
be booked in for surgery.When Bobby was
anaesthetised a brief ultrasound examination
was carried out to try and locate his missing
testicles. Luckily for Bobby they had made
part of the journey themselves from the
abdomen to the scrotum and were located
outside of hisbody.We
are pleased to report
that Bobby is now doing very well and has
fully recovered from his operation without
Cryptorchidism is a condition that is
thought can be genetically passed on to
offspring, so it is not advisable to breed from
affected animals.The main concern with
the condition is the testicles are exposed to
higher temperatures than a normal animal
and this makes them much more likely to
develop a tumour than a normal testicle. If
the testicle hasn’t descended by two months
of age it is very unlikely that it will after that
time. If you think your dog or cat may be
affected by this condition please seek advice
from your vet.
Neutering male dogs is recommended for
the following reasons:
• Entire male dogs can have a tendency to
roam and look for bitches on heat.This
increases the risk of them becoming lost
and/or involved in road traffic accidents.
• Some un-castrated male dogs develop
aggressive behaviour towards other
male dogs when they mature. Castration
prevents or reduces this behaviour. Other
forms of aggression are not reliably
stopped by castration, however, and in
these instances it may be necessary for
the dog to be taken for a behavioural
• Entire male dogs can develop medical
problems with their testicles or prostate.
Castration can prevent or often cure
• A number of un-castrated male dogs show
hypersexual behaviour towards people
or objects, which can be problematic for
both the owner and the dog! This problem
usually significantly reduces and may even
disappear several weeks after castration.
There is a small risk associated with
performing any operation under general
anaesthesia. Castrated dogs generally need
fewer calories, which means that there can
be a tendency for them to put on weight if
they continue to be fed the same amount
as they did prior to the operation. Simply
reducing their food intake following surgery
can prevent this issue.
The first step in having your dog castrated
is to arrange an appointment with one of
the primary vets. During that appointment
we will discuss the operation, post-operative
considerations and answer any questions you
may have at that time.
...it is far better to be safe
At this time of year when lambing
season is in full swing please be
mindful when walking your dog.
Dog attacks on sheep are becoming
increasingly common when lambs are about.
It is an offence to allow a dog to worry
sheep - this includes both attacking and
chasing. Farmers are legally allowed to
shoot dogs if they are endangering their
sheep, as long as they have a lawful excuse.
It is so important to have your dog under
control at all times when in the vicinity of
sheep and other livestock. Make sure you
put your dog on the lead when walking
close to or in fields that contain livestock.
Hunting instinct may lead your dog to
behave in an unpredictable way and it is
far better to be safe than sorry.