Castration conundrum

by Charlotte
(England )

My wonderful Coton, Roger, has a retained testicle. He is currently eighteen months old and we are so confused about whether to have him fully castrated or simply to remove the retained testicle. We got him when he was five months old. He was so nervous at first but has blossomed into a funny, sweet, adorable, happy, loving pet.

He is brilliant with me, my husband and our daughter but still suspicious of our son who is in his twenties and has tried hard to become friends. (Neither our son or our daughter live at home full time any more so it is a bit confusing for Roger.) He has some good human friends but they are all girlfriends of mine. Men, apart from my husband, are avoided like the plague, especially when they come into the house and he's also very wary of children.

On the other hand he's fantastic with other dogs of all shapes and sizes. We've been told that the retained testicle must be removed as there's a risk it might become cancerous and that it's better to remove the other one as well to be on the safe side. I'm terrified that he will be hugely traumatised by the operation. I'm also frightened that removing all this testosterone from a nervous dog will damage the fun-loving Roger we cherish so much. We have considered removing the retained testicle and leaving the 'good' one but he's still have to go through the operation. And then we might consider getting him a doggy friend in the future in which case he probably should be fully castrated.

He doesn't bite, growl or display any sexual behaviour whatsoever apart from lifting his legs on walks. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated. Sorry to go on for so long but I feel we have to do the best we possibly can for Roger.

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Nov 04, 2015
Conundrum NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah

First his surgery. Most of us use a vet we respect. They have gone to school 6 yrs. Medicine advances through research so you could always get another opinion. If you r not going to breed research tells us a dog as they age have a better chance of cancer if they r not fixed.

Jonah was not fixed until over a yr. B/c some research shows that it is better to let their hormones mature. He also was the only pet in the house so no mistakes could happen. I discussed it w/my vet & read to make decision. From previous pets being fixed younger I have experienced nothing diff. In behavior. Not knowing if it's the breed but unlike my male Silky he does not Mark my furniture being a male.

Myself I would follow a medical professionals opinion that I trust. As to your kids & dog. What your dog is doing is normal dog. When they visit if they walk into the house w/a treat or toy that will soon change. If the dog doesn't come close to them at first they can squeak it & throw it & just move on. The Dog will come to them or lay the treat down & move on.

You can pick up a cheap toy from Wal-Mart & meet them outside w/it or a treat. The point is their smell is on it & dogs look at toys & treats as good things. The Dog will associate their smell w/good things. When the kids r home let them put food dish down or water bowl or give your pup their nightly cookie. The Dog will learn that these ppl. That visit r ok b/c their smell brings good things.

Dogs learn everyday. That's just the world. Weather it's walking by a bus or moving to a diff home. They r resilient. As long as you aren't freaking out over something they won't. The more you don't worry about how they will react the more they won't. Dogs pick up cues from us. Sounds like your dog is doing fine. Also remember w/your kids the more they play w/ur dog the more their smell is on the toys that remain.

Nov 03, 2015
Castration NEW
by: Andrea

I grew up with a pedigreed chocolate poodle with the same condition. He never had the surgery and lived a healthy life until age 15. We also had another male poodle and they played beautifully. He was never castrated either. It's a chance you take. However, I find the current vets like. To make lots of money, so they encourage these treatments and play on your emotions. If it were me, islet it be unless it becomes a problem later on.

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