Dog Problem?

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Hi Connie,
I have an eight-month-old Golden Cocker Spaniel who is very active and playful.
The problem is he only has one testicle and our vet wants to give him hormone injections to help the other one come down.
What I am worried about is I had a Golden Cocker Spaniel in the past whose behaviour was quite aggressive and at times crazy and I am wondering if the hormone injections could affect the personality of our new puppy.
Have you any views on these hormone injections?
Thanks, Jackie

 

Dear Jackie
This is a common problem and the norm is an operation.
Cryptorchid is a medical term meaning literally ‘hidden testes’. If by four to six months of age, the testicle hasn’t dropped, it won’t likely do so.
I strongly recommend that you go to another vet and have them find and remove the testicle inside the body as this could cause cancer and many problems as he matures. These dogs should not be bred from as the problem can be inherited.
Best wishes, Connie

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