I almost bought a shitzu puppy tonite but just before the transaction we realized it had a herniated bellybutton. Or so I would assume from googling it and what not. Protruding bulbously. But not real bad. I wasnt impressed with the breeder not telling me about it either. The puppy was damn cute though. How serious is this for a dog? I got mixed stories on the net?
I have 2 dogs that have had it since birth. It depends on how bad it is, but if it is only a small hernia, they usually cause no problems. The breeder should of told you about this though....beware....what else is breeder not telling you.
It doesn't look good on any breeder to have puppies with Hernias. This is a genetic problem. One lady actually told me it was from the mother sucking on the umbilical cord. Its not true, its just an excuse.(Umbilical hernias is the gut protruding through the navel, are inherited defects. You should fix it while the pet is being spayed. These hernias can and do rupture/get bigger. Its not a pretty site. Why not fix it other than letting it go and see, and then the dog will have to go under again for surgery.. The fact that the breeder did not point it out is not that good. And I'm glad you didn't go forward with the adoption/purchase. Hopefully you sent a message. But there will always be someone that will buy the pup.
we just purchased a shitzu puppy 6 weeks old and got home with it before we noticed that it had a hernia. We contacted the breeder and she said she forgot to tell us about it.Can this be life threatening?
kaustin, as the above post say, if it's not big then it shouldn't be a problem....but you should always get your vets oppinion because he/she may want to remove it just in case it becomes a threat to the pup in the future....i guess it could be life threating if it went unnoticed and untreated. good luck with your pup.......and i wouldn't go back to that breeder...no one "forgets" to tell a buyer something that they should know when it looks bad on the seller.
Hi, my 8 yr old shitzu had a herniated belly button that I discovered when I was purchasing her as a 8 week old puppy...I almost did not get her because of it, but I could not leave her behind....I took her to the vet, who said that it would heal on its own, which it did...I am so glad that I have Kadie, she is my baby!!!
they are no big deal I have never heard of them being huritity(sp) though. They are usually cause when the umbilical cord is cut too short. usually becasue the mother dog does it they can get carried away. the vet will either take care of it when you get her spayed or will have you come in when she is six months and take care of it. I have never heard of one keeping a dog from being bred. the breeder should have told you up front though. I did last year when one of ours had one. the puppies mother has one when she was younger (it was very tiny and went away on its own) I asked the vet if it would be a problem if we bred her later he said no we just needed to bring her in and get it taken care of at six months. it will make spaying her a little more expensive, but it shouldn't be that much most of the work is already done. that is about the spot where they make their insinsin (sp) anyway so it is very simple to take care.
My pug has one since birth too. The vet said when she was little to try and massage it and see if it would go in some, but it was no big deal. She's almost four now and has never had a problem. You really can't even see it anymore unless you know where to look. You're right in that you should have been told though. That makes you wonder what else she isn't telling you.
My four-year old Shih Tzu has had a hernia since birth as well. The vet said to leave it and to push it back in when it's 'out'. She is fine and has never had a problem with it. You might put it in the contract that if any medical problems arise due to the hernia that the seller covers all costs, and not just give you a new dog.
A hernia isn't something that gets removed as I heard someone say earlier. It's an opening in the stomach lining or muscle where an intestine pushes through. If it's small then it's not harmful or painful. It will just make the animal feel like it has stomach indigestion while passing bile through the intestine after eating. I know because I was born with an embelibical hernia and I'm 43 now. Pepsid helps mine but don't try it on your pet. It can be fixed by sewing the hole in the stomach lining up....good as new! Maybe when I get over my fear of needles I'll get mine fixed.
I have never had a dog, so I wouldn't know. Honestly, I can't tell you. But, I agree with Sunny. But, it doesn't lok good on the breeders part. I have no idea though, I have never owned a dog. Kaustin, you should send the puppy back, the breeder didn't tell you about the health concern, and that isn't right. Anyway, a six week old pup is too young to leave the mother. Well, it is 3am, I'm gonna finish the laundry and go to bed. Last words, I don't know. Never had a dog. I don't think it would be any big deal though, but I think it is hereditary. But, I don't know, like I said, never had a dog before. I just don't know, I'm not a dog owner. I don't think you are suppose to have them removed though.