Q. Dog testicle (only has one) skin dry and shedding skin. Does a lot of running on harness and gets wet and muddy could this have caused it ?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. Constant chafing could cause skin irritation, all skin folds should be cleaned and dried after any such exercise over muddy ground. I recommend supplementing his diet with a fatty acid supplement to improve the natural skin barrier also. I would query the history of having only one testicle as this is not documented in dogs. It is quite common for one or both testicles not to descend into the scrotum but be retained within the abdomen - any internal testicles should be removed surgically and preferably before 18months of age as they are at a significant risk of turning cancerous because they are in a warmer environment than they would be in the scrotum. Please arrange to have this removed if it has not been done already; retained testicles do have a hereditary component so it would be advisable not to use this dog for future breeding also