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Cryptorchidism, otherwise known as undescended testicles, undescended testes, retained testicles or undropped testes, is the condition whereby one or both of a male animal's testicles fail to fully descend into the scrotal sac (scrotum) after birth. Apart from the obvious cosmetic implications (e.g. one testicle is not acceptable in the show ring), cryptorchidism also has implications on the health, behaviour, fertility and breeding value of the affected animal. This page contains detailed information about cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) in cats and dogs (mention is also made of other animal species where appropriate). Cryptorchid topics are covered in the following order:

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