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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-27-2007, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Undescended Testicle

Our 3.5 mos old puppy had one undescended testicle. The vet says it is unlikely to descend and that it will cost significantly more to have him neutered. Are there any medical issues we should be aware of in connection with the undescended testicle? Will the neutering be more risky or the recovery more difficult?

Also, the breeder told us about the undescended testicle when we picked up the puppy. Would a breeder typically contribute to the extra cost of the neutering?

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Hi Diane,

Bugsy had an undescended testicle and it did cost more than neutering a puppy with both testicles down. It's really like having two surgeries at the same time. One is removing the testicle that has descended and the other one is making an incision on his tummy to remove the undescended one. Bugsy went through it without any trouble and went home the same night. He was cranky the first night and really not quite himself the next morning/afternoon but by the evening was better and the 2nd day after surgery was really quite himself. I would definitely expect a longer recovery period than after a regular neutering, as my male Romeo was fine the evening of the surgery.

There is of course an option of just taking out the descended testicle only, as there is a good chance that the undescended one is sterile. But if it is active the dog will go through puberty, mark and exibit undesireable behavior and there may be a greater chance of testicular cancer. Then you might have to have another surgery to remove it. I think it's easier on the dog to do it at the same time (and cheaper).

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Would a breeder typically contribute to the extra cost of the neutering?

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Diane,
Typically not, but it never hurts to ask. I have not heard before of it costing "significantly" more either. Maybe it depends on the vet and what part of the country you live in, regarding the cost.
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Teddy had an undescended testicle when he joined our family at the age of 10weeks. The breeder did give us a $200.00 discount because of the anticipated extra cost of neutering him. Our vet didn't want to neuter him at the age of 6 months because he was still pretty little, so suggested we wait a month. In that month, the testicle came down. So it can happen.

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Thanks Helen,

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Welcome to the forum, AgilityGrandma and Teddy. Like your name suggests, do you do agility with Teddy?

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Hey Agilitygrandma and welcome to the forum.

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Thanks for all the welcoming messages!

Yes, Teddy and I do agility together. He's recuperating from a fall off a bed in late November, and I broke my foot in late December, so we're just now resuming our training after a bit of a hiatus!!! Agility is a blast and we love it!! I've been doing agility for 5 years now, starting out with my Bichon Frise, Casper, who is almost 9 and still competing!! I do it for FUN, and you'll never see me on TV or with a MACH! But the "boys" and I really do love it! Do any of you do agility? I've never seen another Havanese at a trial.

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Neutering and spaying costs vary so much from one vet to the other. Here it costs us $60 to spay a female and $35 to neuter a male. I would expect the questioned neutering to be somewhere in between but don't really know. And yes it is a very good, reliable vet. We have had puppy buyers to bring their babies back to stay with us to have them "fixed" since it was WAY more expensive where they lived and they just wanted us to handle it.


There are a number of Havanese who do agility. Pam was sent some really spectacular pictures that she used in the Judges Education Power Point but they are all too large to post here. She wants to start doing agility with Posh. I have prepared a niece piece of ground and am getting ready to plant grass on it for a course near the house. I don't know how she thinks we will have time for it but maybe we will.

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