So here is my issue/question. I have a 23 week old pure breed AKC registered Oversized German Shepherd. Not a Shilou Shepherd..just very large German Shepherd (Dad is about 156lbs, and Maverick is 81lbs at 23 weeks). Maverick so far seems to be unilateral cryptorchid (there have been random and inconsistent sightings of the other testicle, but never with any consistency. I had planned on waiting until at least a year old to Neuter him, as he is an oversized breed and I wanted to give time for all of the bone plates to close, and for the testosterone to do "its thing" before I cut the flow off. With him appearing to be unilateral cryptorchid with sporatic sightings of the other soldier, my Vet is pressuring me to do the Neutering next month if the other testicle does not become more consistent. I certainly understand the health risks with leaving the testicle undesended so my questions is this….is there a surgery that could just bring the testicle to its normal place so that I could wait another 6-8 months before I completed the full neuter?? Would doing the Castration now and cutting off the testosterone affect his muscle mass growth, bone growth etc??
My breeder, who is a bit "toooo" holistic is frantically telling me that none of Mav’s parents have EVER produced a cryptorchid puppy, and that she has seen the second testicle desend as late as 1 year?? For the record, the breeder is an amazing lady, who loves her dogs more than words can describe, but is a little radical and oppositional to convential medicine and vetrinary practices.
Any advice or help for this confused parent??
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