Hermaphrodite??!!

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Postby Mickle » March 13th, 2009, 9:04 am

My friend sent me this email about her dog...I have never heard of this has anyone else?? I think the dog is a golden!

We took Hope to the vet yesterday to get spayed. The vet called me around lunchtime to tell me that during the pre-op procedures that he found an "interesting reason" for why she's had her swelling issues, etc. He discovered that Hope is a hermaphrodite. (Please feel free to laugh hysterically, it's what I did all afternoon yesterday.) He continued with the procedure and basically had to do 2 surgeries at once. First to remove the undescended testicle he discovered (keep laughing) and then to open her abdomen to search for her female "bits". He found no uterus but did find a small amount of ovarian tissue, which he removed. He also examined her other internal organs which all looked fine. She's recovering just fine now and is happy to be home, but there's still lots more to find out. The vet took pictures, called other vets and specialists for input and we've paid to send out the tissue he did remove for further testing. She may still need more surgery, we'll see. For now she seems otherwise healthy, but as this is a major birth defect, the vet was honest and said she very well may develop other defects as she gets older, again, time will tell. In the meantime we're hoping to talk to our breeder and hopefully get some or all of the money we paid for her back to help cover the medical costs that we have and will continue to pay.
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Postby iluvk9 » March 13th, 2009, 9:10 am

I saw a few science shows on human hermaphrodites, but never animals. So, is the dog wearing a pink collar or a blue one? Because that is what messes up the humans with this condition.
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Postby Mickle » March 13th, 2009, 9:12 am

I meant never heard of this in dogs :) Probably pink...They thought she/he was a girl!! And they did name her/him Hope! Pretty girly if you ask me :)
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 13th, 2009, 9:30 am

Years ago, while working in a pet supply/boarding place that was connected to a vet's office, we saw this. A chow had been brought in...hoping that the neutering will make him "nicer". Dog was biting everyone...next step for this vet and owners was to pull his canines. :shock: The vet was old school indeed. ;)

They went in and found that the dog was a hermaphrodite...(no wonder it was so grumpy...it was confused). The dog was actually humanely pts, due to the condition and all of the issues it had.
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Postby Mickle » March 13th, 2009, 9:33 am

I guess her dog is recovering fine, shes worried about further problems showing up though. Interesting stuff..hopefully her dog will be okay and can live a normalish life.
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Postby cheekymunkee » March 13th, 2009, 3:20 pm

There was an episode of HOUSE like this. But it was a boy err girl. Poor dog. Yes, I am laughing hysterically
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Postby call2arms » March 13th, 2009, 3:52 pm

It's rare, but happens... Soemtimes female horses (well at least on the outside) have some testicular tissue inside, and behave like stallions. Not so great.

I think it's related to the undifferentiated gonads at the stage where bots become boys and gorl become girls, something goes wrong and the "not-supposed-to-be" sex bits develop slightly or the "supposed-to-be" bits are not completely produced.

I can say words like undifferentiated gonads now CAUSE I'M DONE WITH SCHOOL FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! (I just have to do 2 internships and give in 2 papers, but no more exams for me!!!)
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Postby Marinepits » March 13th, 2009, 4:18 pm

call2arms wrote:I can say words like undifferentiated gonads now


LMAO That's your new quote!
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