How do you tell if a puppies balls have dropped? Both scrotal sacs will be filled with a single, firm, oval-shaped testicle. To confirm that the dog has two descended testicles, gently grasp the scrotum between the thumb and forefinger while the dog is standing or lying on his back. Both testicles should be distinct and easy to distinguish from each other.
What happens if a puppy’s balls don’t drop? Because cryptorchidism carries significant health risks. Most seriously, dogs with cryptorchidism can develop torsion, an extremely painful condition where the testicle twists upon itself, inhibiting blood flow. The testicle swells as it becomes engorged with blood.
How can I help my dogs balls drop? The only treatment is to have your dog neutered (i.e. both testicles removed). A cryptorchid neuter is a more involved surgery since it may involve an incision in the abdomen and a longer surgery time. Your veterinarian may recommend an overnight stay depending upon the specific procedure.
How late can a dog’s balls drop? Usually the testes descend by the time a puppy is two months old. Though it may happen earlier or later in some breeds, it rarely happens after the age of six months. Generally, if one or both testicles haven’t descended by the age of four months, veterinarians suspect cryptorchidism.