by cyberdan30 on 07 May 2021 - 11:05
by Koots on 07 May 2021 - 13:05
by eg21horse on 07 May 2021 - 15:05
Hernias typically are genetic and rarely from snipping the cord either by dam or person assisting the whelp. If the dam has a hernia I would encourage breeding to a sire who does not have one, although hernias are very common and appear from further down the lines also depending on the mating outcome. You did nothing wrong though so rest assured this is very common. Typically at the first health check at 8 weeks the vet will let you know if it is small and closed, rarely are they 'open'. Common hernias are small and closed. I have whelped 6 litters so far and the puppies who did have a hernia had a small and closed one. The dam had a small hernia herself, which never caused a problem in pregnancy. The sire did not have a hernia. On average 2-3 puppies had a small closed hernia out of a litter of 10. They do develop around 3-4 weeks and if they are very small may self-resolve with maturity. They are easily fixed at approx., $50.00 during a spay or neuter. For a breeding prospect I would suggest to keep back a puppy without a hernia in the future as they are always a small concern in the back of the clients mind when purchasing a puppy. I have not dealt with a large hernia or open hernia. I would assume these are a bigger risk and of immediate veterinary assitance.
by Hundmutter on 08 May 2021 - 03:05
100% all of eg21horse's post. I had a male GSD who had a golf-ball sized umbilical hernia, my vet said it didn't need anything doing but to keep an eye on it in case of change. It never became a problem, and the dog had a long and healthy life.