As many of you know i am looking for a doxie puppy. I found a breeder with a puppy im interested in but he has a small umbilical hernia, is this dangerous? Has anyone ever had a puppy with one, and what are the chances of him needing surgery? The breeder told me she doesnt think he will require surgery, but she can't promise that he won't. If it does require surgery, it could be done at the same time as he is neutered with only a small charge from the vet since he would already be under anesthesia . What do you think?
your vet is correct. i have a four month old french bulldog puppy. she has an umbilical hernia. the breeder found it out on her exam and told us that it was so small that it would probably go away on its own by the time she was 6 months old, if not, it is very minor surgery. we went ahead and got her. our vet said the same thing that the breeders vet did. he said when they are small like that, usually they disappear by the time they are six months old. tiger lily is four months old now and you can hardly notice hers anymore. he told us to lightly massage it and gently press it back in place. to do it everyday to help the hernia close faster. hope i helped some !
They are not that uncomon and if they do end up needing surgery it is relatively cheap. One of my grandmas peis had it and it went away all on its own. My friends bulldogs litter had two and they jsut had them surgically repaired before going home.
Wow, this post came at a perfect time. I just adopted out a couple of puppies with umbilical hernias. Our vet told us they would be fine and it was no big deal. The lady that received one of them e-mailed me a couple of days ago and said her vet said it would be $300 to fix this problem. She's willing to do it, since their family has already bonded with the puppy, but I was shocked. I can't count the number of animals I have known that had hernias all their lives and they were fine. Should I tell her to get a second opion? I was under the impression that an umbilical hernia was fine unless it became strangulated. My dad and uncle both have one and the doctors have never recommended correcting theirs. Is different on humans and dogs?
300 ? good lord ! is her vet located in beverly hills ? if tiger lily does need surgery to fix hers ( which is almost gone now ) the vet would do it at around six months old. cost ? 50 dollars. she needs a second opinion or she is trying to make a profit of of you. although it could be alot larger hernia , then it may cost more to repair. but i cant see it costing THAT much more !
I just placed a puppy with a very small umbilical hernia. My vet found it before the puppy left me and I let the family/buyer know (in writing) that if it doesn't close on it's own and requires surgery that I will cover up to $50 of the cost of the repair if it's done at the time of the neuter.
Usually, the really small ones are a result of the Mom being a little too rough when she severs the umbilical cord. They almost always close on their own. It's not something the puppy even notices.
If the breeder has been up front with you concerning the umbilical hernia that is great. Maybe ask if they will help cover part of the correction if it doesn't close on it's own? All I require is a copy of the invoice from the neuter/surgery to verify that it has been done and how much it cost them.
It really shouldn't be more than $50. My vet charges $25 (I'm in South Dakota), and the vet of the family I placed the puppy with is in Sacramento, CA and their vet quoted them $40-50. If it's costing you more than this - ask your vet WHY!
I have raised a few puppies with small umbilical hernias. It can be genetic or come from the mother being to rough when she is chewing the cord. My Vet told me they would NEVER cause a problem and that if any vet wanted to remove them they "must have a new boat they need to pay for". I found this quite humorous.. I just love my Vet.
***Edited By: blessedgurl on 4/22/2006 6:03:49 PM*** Reason: wording
blessedgurl, I believe your vet is wrong. Although it is true that it RARELY causes problems, there are some umbilicial hernias that CAN cause problems. It depends upon the size of the hernia. For example, we had a feral kitten at our house with a hernia. As she grew, the hernia grew. I asked my vet about it, and he said a hernia shouldn't be a problem, and was it about the size of my fingertip? Well, no, it was the size of my fist! And this, on a cat! We finally trapped her and took her in. He said it eventually would have killed her just because of the size.
A hernia needs to be corrected. Although small ones are rarely a problem, if a bit of intestine falls into the hernia and becomes pinched and looses blood, you have a big disgusting mess on your hands very quickly.
I think my vet charges 75 dollars or so to fix them. It is much better to have it corrected then leave it. If I had one unreolved in a puppy after 3 months of age I would have it corrected. If any of my puppies possessed one I would correct it before they left.
Don't believe it when a vet says they will "never" cause a problem. They may close on their on or they may not. You should never bred a dog with an umbilical hernia, because you could have BIG problems then. Better to get it repaired. It may cost $300 if that was the only surg but if it is done when spayed or neutered then it probably would only be a little extra since the dog is already asleep.
Both my guys had umbilical hernias. Baxter's clogged up on it's own, and they called me when they were neutering to ask if I wanted them to close it anyway even though it was clogged up or leave it alone. Because it clogged it would cause NO harmful effects and would just mean he seems to have an "outie" if it were there dog they'd leave it. So I did. Sampson's closed on it's own so that was good since he also has a cryptic testical (I think that's what it's called) so he had to be cut in two areas. Poor baby. It really all depends on how big it is. They do usually want to wait until neutering to do it though. My vet said it "could" be hereditary or it "could" be that the mother chewed the cord too vigorously, no way to really be sure. My vet was going to charge me like $30 more at neutering to close it up, so if that's the only issue you're having, I'd go for it.
My male dog had one and they fixed his during is neuter and he did fine. His actually grew bigger and bigger from the time he was a puppy. It's best just to get them taken care of when you have them fixed.
I bought a puppy last year from a breeder who was totally honest about a couple puppies I was very interested in. The one I ended up buying was the one who had the hernia caused by mom yanking the cord too hard. The day she went to ship him to me, she thought to look and was amazed to see his hernia was gone! I know there was no puppy switch made cause I had pics to compare him to, and they matched up.
Cider had one.. Was 40 bucks tacked onto her spay to have it fixed. Not worth refusing to fix it, since it will then be a costly proceedure to do the surgery on its own if it becomes a problem that was avoidable.
Laylas was 60 additional dollars to fix with the spay.
Hers did not get smaller. she was spayed at a year old, (when I got her) and after the surgery, they told me that it turned into a true hernia with the bowel beginning to prolapse into the defect, so it really needed fixing or she would have been in some trouble there.