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Warning To Vet Check Irregular Boar Bits

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Took heathcliffe to the vets cos noticed his testicles weren't as big as they should be.Turns out they haven't descended properly.The choice of getting him neutered has been taken out of my hands now, it is dangerous for his health not to do it.It seems because they aren't out of his body completely he is at risk of cancer so it needs done.Just thought I would warn people .
 

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Took heathcliffe to the vets cos noticed his testicles weren't as big as they should be.Turns out they haven't descended properly.The choice of getting him neutered has been taken out of my hands now, it is dangerous for his health not to do it.It seems because they aren't out of his body completely he is at risk of cancer so it needs done.Just thought I would warn people .
Thanks! Wishing you all the best for the op!
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I was also told that shelties are more susceptible to anaesthetic .Am worrying already about tomorrow.
Don't think I would have chanced him if I didn't have to. Would have tried to rehome him {which was the original plan)
 

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I was also told that shelties are more susceptible to anaesthetic .Am worrying already about tomorrow.
Don't think I would have chanced him if I didn't have to. Would have tried to rehome him {which was the original plan)

Fingers very firmly crossed!
PS: My little Gethin is a neutered sheltie... so please don't drive yourself mad! A lot more depends on the skill of a vet than on the breed.
 

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Took heathcliffe to the vets cos noticed his testicles weren't as big as they should be.Turns out they haven't descended properly.The choice of getting him neutered has been taken out of my hands now, it is dangerous for his health not to do it.It seems because they aren't out of his body completely he is at risk of cancer so it needs done.Just thought I would warn people .
Hope Heathcliffe recovers quickly xx
 

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Fingers very firmly crossed!
PS: My little Gethin is a neutered sheltie... so please don't drive yourself mad! A lot more depends on the skill of a vet than on the breed.
thank you for that. The vet doing the op is really experienced with guinea pigs. They used to do becklen rescues pigs and did kyle. The vet said if there is any doubt they will keep him in overnight to check he is okay before they release him.
 

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thank you for that. The vet doing the op is really experienced with guinea pigs. They used to do becklen rescues pigs and did kyle. The vet said if there is any doubt they will keep him in overnight to check he is okay before they release him.
I adopted several piggies from Becklen some years ago; they have sadly all passed away now. Wishing you the best of luck! Gethin was one of a batch of at least 7-8 sheltie boys...
 

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I had a couple from becklen as well. They were only four weeks old but had lost mum. Debbie gave them to me because they were going in with two older girls and I knew what I was doing.They were some that I had to rehome when I l lost my partner.
 

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This is really useful to know as I have only ever had adult boars before so I will keep a watchful eye out on my young boars. Thank you! :)
 

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Heathcliffe is in the vets still.No word so assuming he is OK.Will ring in the morning to see if I can go and get him.Would feel guilty if the op hadn't been necessary to his health.
 

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You mustn't feel guilty your doing the best you can. He's lucky to have such a good mum. Try & let us know how he is if you can. Love to you both from Tia & Gang xx
 

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Took heathcliffe to the vets cos noticed his testicles weren't as big as they should be.Turns out they haven't descended properly.The choice of getting him neutered has been taken out of my hands now, it is dangerous for his health not to do it.It seems because they aren't out of his body completely he is at risk of cancer so it needs done.Just thought I would warn people .
This is really good to know, thanks. May I ask how old is Heathcliffe? I have two 6-month old boars and one of them has huge testicles, but the other one's seem very small in comparison. Should they be fully descended by now or should I still expect them to grow? He was a bit of runty pig as he was born with underdeveloped ears, so I guess it's possible that his boy bits aren't well developed either...
 

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Heathcliffe was an unwanted pet, approx twelve months old .My other boar was fully developed at four months.Might be worth a trip to the vets for a check up .
 
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This is really good to know, thanks. May I ask how old is Heathcliffe? I have two 6-month old boars and one of them has huge testicles, but the other one's seem very small in comparison. Should they be fully descended by now or should I still expect them to grow? He was a bit of runty pig as he was born with underdeveloped ears, so I guess it's possible that his boy bits aren't well developed either...
Boars testicles can differ largely in size. What you should look out for is whether they are unevenly descended. As a neutering operation in the hands of not very practised general vet can create more complications (up to a fatality) than it solves, you want to always make sure what you are up against first and not just rush off to the next vet for a neutering op.
You can see examples on how boars can differ in our boar care guide: Boar Care: Bits, Bums & Baths
 
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