Dog Testicle Problems

Orchitis or inflammation of the dog testicles is the result of injuries (barbwire pricks, nails, incisive injuries, small wounds, etc.) in which microorganisms enter. It can also happen during the course of some specific diseases like influenza, distemper, mumps, etc. "Hydrocele" is a disorder in which serous fluid accumulates in the scrotum. "Testicular Torsion", however strange, can present itself suddenly. The dog experiments a sudden pain and refuses to make any movement. His march is rigid and abnormal, showing a lack of appetite and, sometimes, vomiting. When the afflictions affect only one testicle, the scrotum is swollen and with an excessive accumulation of fluid and in pain. On occasions, it is accompanied with lethargy, dysuria and abdominal pain. When orchitis is president along with epididymitis, as a consequence of traumas or hematogenic dissemination of infections from other points of the organism, the dog starts walking rigidly and gets a strong pain in the scrotum and testicles. The formation of tumors, be it in the testicles or scrotum, are relatively frequent, especially in dogs of old age although it also happens in middle-aged adult dogs.

The tumors that affect the testicles are usually malign, but the ones that affect the scrotum are generally fibrous or wart-like. The atrophy that affects testicles can be due to many causes: the final stage of an orchitis, general advanced avitaminosis (any of several diseases caused by deficiency of one or more vitamins), malnutrition, cachexia (any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease), etc. Any time you observe anything abnormal with the genitals of an animal, you must urgently go to the vet.

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