Saw a puppy today for a post-purchase exam. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, it's where the proud new puppy owner presents us with the breeder's list of absurd recommendations, and expects us to state categorically, on the basis of a physical exam, that the animal is completely healthy and has no genetic or congenital defects. This gets the breeder off the hook if a hidden problem (that couldn't be detected on physical examination anyway) arises later in the pet's life.
Anyway, I pointed out to the owner that both of the puppy's testicles were descended. He said that was fine, since they were planning on neutering him anyway. I explained that it was actually an important finding, because neutering a puppy who is an abdominal cryptorchid is a lot more involved than a routine prescrotal orchiectomy. In fact, I explained, it's a whole different...BALL GAME! HA! As usual, his only response was a blank stare of incomprehension. No one in my practice seems to appreciate my sense of humor.