2 1/2 week old buck with undescended testicle...

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by FunnyRiverFarm, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Jezebelle's boy has decided that he wants to keep one of his testes tucked away for himself. I was planning to wether him when he's older and normally I would use a burdizzo to castrate but obviously I can't do that this time unless I want a half-buck running around...so when is the best age to take him to the vet to have this taken care of?
     
  2. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Give him some tome for it to drop. It can take up to 4-6 weeks to drop.

    Now last year I did have a boy that one never dropped by the time he was to go to his new home. It never did come down, and he ended up dieing and was deformed.
     

  3. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Illinois
    We had a kid that never dropped, we kept him until he was 8 months old and he never dropped.
     
  4. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I'd wait as long as possible allowing the urinary tract to develop w/o him getting stinky. . . Maybe 3-4 months? But he's a standard, so maybe it would have to be sooner than that. . .

    We had one this year that had both his testicles never descend, such a bummer because he was so nice.
     
  5. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    even though lots of people say 'give it time to drop', all the vets say that if its not there by 8 - 12 wks its never gonna drop. my boy was 8 wks and still had one retained, he was starting to act up with the little girls and I wasnt going to take that chance, so I took him to the vet and had it surgically removed. they found it up near the kidney. if this guy is just going to be meat, nip the one thats there and leave the other, but keep him away from girls as it can still function in rare cases. but if he is to be a pet, best to get the vet to locate and remove it, because they tend to turn cancerous long term. that was the deciding factor in my case, because my boy was to be a long term pet.
     
  6. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Thanks for the info, everybody! I guess I will wait and see...I usually use the burdizzo at around 5-6 weeks. I guess I'm going to answer my own question and say that If his testicle has not dropped by the time he is 10 weeks he will be going to the vet. I am planning to sell him as a wether and want it to be done before he goes to his new home at 12 weeks or so.
     
  7. kornhypknotic

    kornhypknotic New Member

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    May 14, 2009
    Waco, TX
    10 weeks sounds like plenty of time for the puppy to poke his little head out. :p If it doesn't drop by then surgery is required to remove it. There are a few diseases that can result from cryptorchidism (retained testicle) if it is not removed. If you want to sell him for meat then you probably don't have to worry about long-term health problems . . . if he's intended to be a pet, then you might want to do a little more research or talk to your vet. Usually if the testicle is removed surgically no long-term effects will occur. :)
     
  8. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Well...I'm hoping he'll be a pet...LOL! He's such a sweetheart...loves to cuddle :)
     
  9. kornhypknotic

    kornhypknotic New Member

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    May 14, 2009
    Waco, TX
    Awww such a sweet baby!!! :lovey: . . . yeah . . . give him 10 weeks and if it doesn't descend I'd get a vet to surgically remove it. :thumb:
     
  10. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    I have never had a goat baby born without them already decended. Can you feel it at all? If you can feel the little raisin, but it just is not coming down into the sac, then I would definately say give that ligament time to stretch and let it drop. However - if you can't feel it at all - it sounds like an abdominal cryptorchid which will not come down on its own.
     
  11. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Allison--I can't feel it...it's like it doesn't even exist.

    I'm going to keep checking him but I have a feeling that I will be making that vet appointment...