Testicular Cancer Question

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Hello,
I have a 4 1/2 year old male Doberman, Oakley. I’ve had him since he was 6-8 weeks old, and noticed as he got older that he never dropped. However, when he would lay in certain positions, it almost looks like one shows. Recently I came across an article mentioning testicular cancer/etc and the much higher risk he is at for this due to never dropping. After reading about this, I’ve noticed he licks this area sometimes constantly, and it seems to look like it swells and sometimes looks like it bulges on his butt. He has also always been very thin and never filled out. He goes to the vet often and has been checked for worms and came out clear. (He’s always been on a heart worm preventative/flea/tick/wormer) My fear is not knowing if one testicule is somewhere else in his abdomen or if it could be cancerous due to the swelling etc. He’s my entire world and I’m concerned something could be seriously wrong. Any direction/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
-Tiffany

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Posted by Anonymous
Asked on Apr 30, 2019 9:39 pm
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Hey Tiffany, thanks for your question! Anytime an animal has a retained testicle (one or both testicle fail to descend into the scrotum) castration is the recommended course of action because, as you mentioned, these animals are more prone to developing testicular cancer. Testicles can be retained into abdomen or inguinal region. If they are inguinal, your vet may be able to feel them on physical exam otherwise he or she may recommend an abdominal ultrasound to confirm their location. Regarding the "swelling" around the but that you describe, I wonder about perineal hernias which can occur in unneutered males. Definitely seek veterinary advice and surgical consult with your vet right away!

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Answered on May 30, 2019 3:25 pm
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