I have 10 bull mastiff pups 6weeks old, took them into the vet one pup has a hernea, he said this is genetic. has any one ever heared this. This was puppy#8 the first pup I didn't help her with. thanks for any imput tumblweed
I gather you mean an umbilical hernia? if so, this can be both genetic or due to the dam being a little overzealous and chewing the umbilical cord too close.
Does the dam and sire have an umbilical hernia??
This isn't too serious a problem unless there is a considerable protrusion; this can be seen when the pup is a few weeks old and if this is the case then an operation to push the intestine in and stitch up the opening would be the way to go; this is usually done when an animal is brought in to be desexed so both are done under the one anaesthetic.
It is best not to breed with dogs that have an umbilical hernia as it can be passed on, although it isn't unknown to find a pup with this even though both parents don't have it.
My opinion is the enguinal hernia are genetic..i dont think the umbillical are genetic as they are mom chewing too hard...but..if the vet said it was genetic..i would go with that..do you own the sire and dam...if not..try a different male..and if it happens again...spay the mom...if not..dont go back to sire number 1...thats my take on it..if in fact the vet said it was genetic..the enguinal hernia the bowel drops down in the holes and can cause gangreen and eventually death...good luc too you..and with your lil pooches..
our new pup has an umbilical hernia. my vet said it was a very small one and would probably disappear by the time she is 4-6 months old. most umbilical hernias are caused from the umbilical cord being severed too close to the abdominal wall and are not a genetic defect.
Umbilical hernias, at least in Basenjis, are quite common and are not even considered a fault in conformation. Breeders do not stop breeding dogs whose puppies have them, regardless of whether they're caused by genetics or an over-zealous mama.
Both my guys have/had umbilical hernias. My vet did tell me they can be hereditary and that there's no real way to tell, that he recommended neutering because it "could" be hereditary and to have it repaired when they were neutered. He told me it could be hereditary OR it could be from the mother chewing the umbilical cord too aggressively. Baxter was neutered and they called me to ask if I still wanted them to close it up even though it had clogged itse;f and wouldn't be an issue other than he would have an "outie" I told them to just leave it alone if that were the case. Sampson is scheduled to be neutered this Thursday (YIKES!) and I do "think" his has closed on it's own. They'll also be dealing with Sam having one testicle up higher and they're not sure if they'll have to cut him as a spay because of it. :( I'M SCARED!!!
If there is no way to tell, I don't see how vets are making the diagnosis of it being due to genetics. I guess some dogs may have a pre-disposition to having weaker stomach walls just as people.
However since there is also a significant amount of puppies that just have umbilical damage at birth do to mom, I don't think that small hernias are necessarily a need to neuter an otherwise quality dog that had been purchased with the intent of show or breeding. There is no reason why it can't simply be repaired with out altering the dog.
I knew a breeder who would irritate me because she was contantly over-stuffing puppies by tubefeeding them and her puppies would pop out small umbilical hernias. This had nothing to do with genetics, just their digestive system overloaded. I think in general that most pet vets are in favor of spaying and neutering due to population control which is a noble cause.