What Is a Hernia?
A hernia is developed when an organ, or some fatty tissue, protrudes through a weak spot or tear in surrounding muscle or connective tissue known as fascia. Hernias are completely treatable with repair by a veterinarian. The five most common types of hernias in dogs are umbilical, inguinal, diaphragmatic, perineal, and hiatal hernia in dogs. In many cases, with a small uncomplicated hernia, you may not even notice anything or simply feel a protruding, soft, and bubble-like mass in the region of the belly button or groin
Umbilical: The most common type of hernia in dogs, an umbilical hernia is congenital and most often seen in puppies. With an umbilical hernia you will notice that your dog’s belly button has been replaced by a squishy protrusion. Depending on the size of the hernia, it may heal on its own. If not, it can be surgically fixed when your puppy is spayed or neutered. Many hernias are congenital, meaning your dog was born with the abnormality. Congenital hernias are the most common cause of hernias, especially in young dogs and puppies. They may be the result of a spontaneous problem during development or a genetic defect passed on from a parent.
This is great information on umbilical hernias. One of the factors in deciding to have our wonderful Juno spayed after this litter was that this is the 2nd litter that she has had a puppy with an umbilical hernia. Because it has happened more than once it may be a genetic defect and we do not want to take the chance of any more hernias in our sweet babies. Please message me if you would like more information or think that the adorable male puppy we have left is one you would like to meet. He really is a wonderful little guy! Check him out on the January 2021 Puppy Page! January 2021 Puppies – Pleasant Ridge Doodles (goatsndoodles.com)