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Bobby’s story...

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 his


are pleased to report

that Bobby is now doing very well and has

fully recovered from his operation without

any problems.

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

such diseases.

• 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.

Be livestock

aware when

walking your

dog... is far better to be safe

than sorry...

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.