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Effects of Orchidectomy in Selective Biochemical Analytes in Beagle Dogs


Author’s address (for correspondence): Jose Ceron, Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain. E-mail:


The objective of this study was to evaluate the possible effects of orchidectomy and associate hormonal changes on circulating concentrations of acute-phase proteins (APPs) (CRP – C-reactive protein; Hp – haptoglobin; Cp – ceruloplasmin), adiponectin and IGF-1 in dogs. For this, a total of five adult Beagle dogs were subjected to orchidectomy. Blood samples were taken before neutering, during six consecutive days and on weeks 2, 4, 8 and 12 after surgery. Appropriate diet regime was maintained to keep stable body weight of the dogs. Concentrations of APPs significantly increased on days 2–3 for CRP and 2–7 for Hp and Cp. On days 3–4 after neutering, adiponectin levels were significantly lower than before surgery (p < 0.05 and <0.01, respectively). After this initial change, adiponectin did not show any significant alteration during the 3 months. Serum IGF-1 concentrations were significantly decreased at days 2–5 after neutering. In addition, on weeks 8 and 12 serum IGF-1 levels were significantly lower (p < 0.001 and <0.01 respectively) in comparison with those before surgery. In conclusion, orchidectomy induced a short-term inflammatory process that was associated with the increase in serum levels of APPs and decrease in IGF-1 and adiponectin levels. However, orchidectomy did not result in long-term changes of circulating concentrations of APPs or adiponectin. Although a decrease in IGF-1 levels was recorded 2 months after surgery, possibly as a consequence of associated decrease in androgen levels or food restriction.

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