What it is: As the most common birth defect in male dog genitalia, cryptorchidism occurs when one or both testes do not descend into the scrotum. Dogs with this condition are 10 times more likely to develop testicular cancer.
- No symptoms in general
- Acute abdominal pain can occur if the spermatic cord of the retained testes ends up twisted
Treatment:While there is no way to correct the condition, neutering is recommended due to the high rate of testicular cancer associated with cryptorchidism. Many dog insurance plans have wellness options that cover the cost of neutering your pet.
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