On 17 January 05, the left testicle was definitely harder and appeared larger. Rumpus was taken to see our vet at this time.
Orchiectomy (removal of testicle or testicles, also known as castration or neuter) recommended.
The following are the surgical notes as written and submitted by Dr Larissa Ladyko:
“Desexed. Enlarged testicle removed. Large swollen testicle
appeared to be cancerous, but didn’t extend out of testis. Other
testicle appeared normal.
Fluids, Metacam and Baytril were given.
Baytril was to be continued for 5-10 days depending on how surgical area looks. Metacam provided for the first few days post-op, if needed.
Testicle examined under microscope - tumour confirmed, no infection or inflammation. Unable to determine at that time if tumor malignant or benign, but it was definitely confined only to left testicle.”
Within a few days of recovery we noticed a lump appear in the wound area.
It appeared to be just some scar tissue with inflammation - a keloid”.
Continued Metacam for a few days and remained on Baytril as the lump reduced over the next 3 weeks. During this time Rumpus recovered well and was active and his normal self, although he had lost considerable weight and was starting to show minor hind leg weakness. One week after stopping Baytril an abscess formed in the area and was drained by our vet. He was again placed back on Baytril.
The photos below show diseased testicles following removal.
Photos courtesy of Al and Robyn Arthur, of The Dapper Rat, http://www.dapper.com.au
Collaborated case history by: Dr Larissa Ladyko B.V.Sc, and Robyn Arthur.
Posted on June 22, 2005, 20:52,
Last updated on June 5, 2010, 12:49