Is it safe to breed a dog with a hernia?

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Is it safe to breed a dog with a hernia?

In the cases of small umbilical hernias where only fat is protruding, your veterinarian may recommend repairing the hernia at the time of spay or neuter. If the hernia is large or contains abdominal organs, surgery should take place as soon as possible to avoid organ damage or even death.

Q. Can a puppy live with an umbilical hernia?

What is the prognosis for an umbilical hernia? The prognosis is excellent following surgical correction. Few puppies experience recurrence of the hernia and few complications are reported with the procedure.

Q. What should I do if my puppy has an umbilical hernia?

In the cases of small umbilical hernias where only fat is protruding, your veterinarian may recommend repairing the hernia at the time of spay or neuter. If the hernia is large or contains abdominal organs, surgery should take place as soon as possible to avoid organ damage or even death.

Hernias are a common congenital condition (meaning that puppies are born with them), affecting around 1 in 500 puppies. Although they can make some dogs seriously unwell, most are usually discovered at a puppy’s first checks or vaccinations without any associated or preceding signs of ill-health.

Q. Do umbilical hernias hurt puppies?

Do umbilical hernias cause any health problems? Small umbilical hernias do not cause any problems. These puppies do not need surgery and can do all normal activities. Large hernias can be a problem if an intestinal loop slips through the opening and becomes trapped or injured.

Q. Do all dog hernias need surgery?

Most hernias will require surgery to put the organs back into place and repair the hole or tear. During hernia surgery, your veterinarian will complete the repair. They may also cover the area with mesh to strengthen it. If your dog has a small umbilical hernia, surgery may not be needed.

Q. How much does it cost to fix a hernia in a puppy?

Hernia repair expenses range from $700 (for simple more common hernias) to $2,500 (more complex cases) with $1,600 being the average cost. These costs include diagnosis, surgery and aftercare.

Certainly any dog breeder whose dog has had an umbilical hernia repaired should notify anyone breeding to their stud dog or getting a puppy from their bitch of the defect. Otherwise, the trait will be perpetuated. At least one dog breed classifies umbilical hernias as a “threshold” trait.

Q. How much does it cost to fix an umbilical hernia on a puppy?

For most minor hernia repairs, including anesthetics (excluding any necessary pre-surgical labwork) pet owners should expect to pay $150-$400.

Q. When should I worry about my puppy’s umbilical hernia?

If the hernia bubbles out or is bigger than a pinkie finger, there is a chance that intestines may be slipping in and out of the opening. At some point, a section of intestines could slide out through the hernia opening and get trapped or twisted. At that point, your dog needs emergency surgery.

Q. Do umbilical hernias go away?

There is a good chance that your child’s umbilical hernia will close on its own. Most of the time, a hernia that starts before 6 months of age will go away by 1 year of age. Your child may need surgery if the hernia is very large or if a hernia of any size has not gone away by age 5.

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