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Swollen testicle?

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Alexandra Shroyer
Neonate
Username: Onawhim

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 11:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi, new to the group here. I have just brought home my first stallion. I have been around breeding stallions for years, so I'm confident with that part , but this stallion had a pasture accident 2 months ago at his previous home. He tried to breed a mare over the fence and happened to get his equipment caught in the fence. His right testicle swelled very large. The previous owner had her vet check him and they gave him 30 days rest from breeding, some lasix and antibotics. Now, his testicle is still large. He isn't sore or having any problems with breeding (live cover). He is normal in all other ways. Is is possible that the scrotum is just stretched??
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 2587
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Probably not, particularly if the swelling is hard and/or attached to the testicle[s]. You would be well advised to have the testicle[s] evaluated by a veterinarian who specializes in equine reproduction - preferably a theriogenologist - as there are potential long-term effects with testicular injury, dependent upon exactly what happened. My concern would be a hematocele with possible adhesions. Either of those could result in long-term negative effects on sperm output and quality.

Hopefully not, but better safe than sorry... get him checked!!
 

Alexandra Shroyer
Neonate
Username: Onawhim

Post Number: 2
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 12:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the info. My vet is a repro specialist and he is coming out to see my stallion on 8/26. Hoping that he will be able to give me an answer. The next question, if there is damage to the testicle and we need to remove it, will be still be able to stand at stud?
 

Alexandra Shroyer
Neonate
Username: Onawhim

Post Number: 3
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, it is a tumor. He will have that testicle removed next week. I don't have the details on what sort of tumor/cyst yet, but we are hoping that this will fix his problems and he will be fine to cover my mares and maybe a few outside mares with his remianing testicle.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 2600
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Presuming no complications from the surgery, although sperm numbers will obviously be reduced, you should be fine for establishing pregnancies, although you may need to manage him a little tighter. Dependent upon the actual sperm output and concentration, you may have some trouble shipping semen from him if his concentration gets below 100 million sperm/ml - you might want to try INRA '96 extender and see if that works for him, as that can be used at a lower dilution ratio than some of the other extenders.

One other point - I would ensure that you document the unilateral castration very carefully. Indeed, if you have the option, not only get written confirmation from your vet, but take photographs of it as it's being done, ensuring that you can clearly identify the stallion in the photos. Sooner or later, some genius is going to notice that he has only one testicle and claim that he's a cryptorchid, and the more documentation you have the better you will be able to dispute the claim...
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2596
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

EXACTLY!! I had the same process done on one of my stallions once, and couldn't SELL him, b/c everyone thought he was crypt....it was terrible! Document,document,document...even if you think now that you'll never sell him!
 

Alexandra Shroyer
Neonate
Username: Onawhim

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 09:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whoa... I hadn't even thought of someone not believing that he had a testicle removed instead of being crypt... I will call my vet right now!! He is doing the surgery today!! Thanks again for all the info and I will post how it all goes.
 

Alexandra Shroyer
Neonate
Username: Onawhim

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, the surgery is complete. It was a non cancerous tumor. All is well!! Everything went perfectly and I can bring him home tonight!!
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2607
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Alexandra, great to hear it wasnt' cancerous. Hope he's doing ok now, and that you got your documentation!



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