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by JAGGER1214 on 27 May 2006 - 11:05

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I have a 10 week old puppy with an Umbilical Hernia. Should I have it surgically fixed, fix the puppy or leave it alone. The vet wants to spay the pup and says it is a genetic defect. Bloodlines are excellent, not to mention the price for this pup. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

by GSDfan on 27 May 2006 - 11:05

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by hodie on 27 May 2006 - 14:05

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Hernias are most often not genetic defects, but rather a result of too vigorous pulling on the cord during or after birth. Hernias are common in all breeds and it is not a reason to spay, unless you are spaying anyway and choose to repair it then. If it is small, repair is generally not necessary and, as the pup grows, it can get better. If it is larger, then surgery may be a good idea and when spaying, unless there is some urgency to fix earlier, it can easily also be repaired.

by DeesWolf on 27 May 2006 - 17:05

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I wish I had a dollar for every vet that told me a puppy had an umbilical hernia when in fact it was just umbilicus. I'd be rich! Rich I tell ya!

by Nadia on 27 May 2006 - 17:05

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DeesWolf: Can you explain the difference? Thanks!

by Jill on 27 May 2006 - 20:05

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Go to this website and it is a great article on umbilical hernias and tells the difference.

by Chey on 27 May 2006 - 21:05

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My one bitch produced 3 pups in her first litter with hernia's. (out of 9). Dam does not have a hernia and neither does her sire and none in her sire's litter had hernia. I let her do all the 'ripping' on each placenta/cord. Second litter, I decided to do ALL the puppies cords manually. NO hernia's. ( The sire of this litter has produced hernia's in other litters) Personally I think MANY of the hernia's we see are not genetic but are due to pulling /tugging on the cord.

by D.H. on 27 May 2006 - 21:05

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The superficial hernias are not real hernias and usually disappear, sometimes leaving the dog with an "outie" belly button, but not always. The link from Jill is an excellent reference. Most superficial hernias are small, so that you could not stick the tip of a finger inside the hole or barely. Carefully push the soft "outie" bits in a couple of times a day. Over time you should notice the "hole" get smaller, which does not happen with a true hernia. US vets are very quick to snip off/out reproductive parts. Seems just about is fixable to them with a spay/neuter. Let your pup mature but pay attention to the outie bits to make sure it will not lead to any future complications.

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