10-06-2010, 01:15 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Originally Posted by kmes
What exactly is the difference between descended and dropped?
I have always understood descended and dropped to have meant the same thing.
As far as an age, 7 weeks is the age I have always been told. That also goes along with what Alfi said.
If you feel that something is not quite right with Riley, then I would have a vet check it out!
Even if Irish Setters are rare where you live, your vet should still be able to tell you if eveything is normal with his testicles.
That part of anatomy is really not all that different from breed to breed!
Yes I know. I'm going to get him checked just in case. Anywho, so the difference between testicles descending and dropping is very simple. I'm going to explain the occurence of a male human. It may be simpler that way. When a male baby is born their testcles descend, but they do not drop until they hit puberty. So basically when a male human's testicles are formed but they are not completely "out there" I guess you would say, until they're about 11-13 years old. If you are a guy or you have boys or know any male, they'll know what I'm talking about because its happened to all men that have already gone through puberty. I know that its the same for dogs, I just need to know when, but I'll just ask the vet.