• Northern Illawarra Veterinary Hospital

Hunter and his 'boar tusks'!


Hunter is a 8 month old Dachshund who recently came in for his desexing procedure. His procedure has been delayed due to Hunter having a condition called cryptorchidism, which refers to the failure of both or one testicles to descend into the scrotum. By delaying the procedure it potentially allows time for the teste(s) to descend into the correct position, allowing a routine castration to be performed. In some dogs the teste(s) never descend into the scrotum but remain retained in the abdomen or in the inguinal canal. Cryptorchidism occurs in 1-3% of dogs and the cause is not completely understood, but it does tend to be a condition that can be inherited. Retained testicles are at greater risk of developing cancer.

Unfortunately for Hunter, at 8 months of age his retained teste had still not descended which meant his desexing procedure was a little bit more complex than usual. It was also noted that Hunter had two incisors (front teeth) that appeared to be rotated 90 degrees and thus were growing sideways, rather like 'boar tusks'. This was causing trauma to the inside of Hunter's top lip, along with signs of dental disease due to increased tartar build-up on the teeth. The misaligned teeth had also caused a malocclusion of his bite which can lead to further oral health complications if left untreated. To ensure Hunter only needed the one anaesthetic, Dr Matt recommended that Hunter's incisors be removed at the time of his desexing.

Hunter is now home recovering from his procedure and doing great. He'll feel so much better that his teeth are no longer causing irritation to his upper lip and he's also less likely to get any related dental issues.