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Epididymitis and Orchitis in Dogs

Epididymitis and Orchitis in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $305 to $1,490 per eye

What it is: Epididymitis refers to the inflammation of the testicular tube that stores sperm, while orchitis refers to the inflammation of the testes. The most common cause is trauma to the scrotum, although the condition may also stem from viruses, infections or bite wounds anywhere on the body.

Symptoms of Epididymitis and Orchitis in Dogs

  • Swollen testicles
  • Irritation and licking in the scrotal area
  • Fever and pain
  • Reluctance to walk
  • General lethargy
  • Refusal to eat
  • Open wound or lesions in the groin area

Treatment of Epididymitis in Dogs

Neutering your dog is usually recommended if the condition affects both sides, although partial castration may be an option if the condition only affects one side and your dog is intended for breeding.

Fertility may be an issue for affected dogs even with only partial castration. Antibiotics are usually combined with the surgical procedure.

Dog insurance plans that offer wellness options often cover the cost of neutering your pet. Many plans also cover prescription medications.

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