Undescended Testicles in Horses
There is only one method of treatment for cryptorchidism in horses — surgical removal of both testes. This is to prevent the trait from being passed on to offspring. In cases where the undescended testicle is low in the abdomen, the castration can be performed on the farm and is generally uncomplicated. If both testicles have been retained and are high in the abdomen, your horse may require more complicated surgery and will be referred to an equine surgical facility.
Living and Management
The gelding is going to need rest and isolation post-surgery. Surgery, however minor, is painful and uncomfortable. Your veterinarian will advise you on precautions and after surgery procedures you will need to care for your horse as it recovers.
You will need to especially watch out for excessive swelling or inflammation at the surgical site, and for any abnormal behavior from your horse that would indicate that there is an infection so that your veterinarian can be called immediately for consultation.
Most horses with this condition are sterile, but this cannot be taken for granted. If your horse is a cryptorchid, both of the testes will need to be removed entirely since the condition is believed to be inheritable.
The sac that holds the testes; may also be referred to as the scrotal sac
A horse that is four years of age or older; a stallion is intact
The sex organ of male animals; used in the production of sperm
The term for an animal’s young
The opening in the wall of the abdomen from where the testes move into the scrotum
The name for the species of horses, donkeys, mules
A horse or mule that has been castrated
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.
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