Hi - I'm new here. This is my first post. I am about to buy a Tibetan Terrier puppy from a breeder. The breeder is reputable - I got her name from the Tibetan Terrier Club of America web site and I know others who have purchased pups from her. She has one puppy available - she's almost 4 months old and she normally charges $1500. The puppy has an umbilical hernia. The lump is visible on her belly. The breeder is willing to take $100 off the price of the puppy because of this. I called a vet and was told this can be fixed when she is spayed (I don't know if that spelling is correct). The cost to fix it is less than $100. So my question is, besides taking care of the cost of fixing it, is there anything else I should be worried about because of the hernia? Can it cause other problems later? Could it reoccur? Are there any other risks because the dog has the hernia?
Umbilical Hernias usually aren't an issue to even be worried about unless they get too big. Once their fixed they won't reoccur. No health issues coincide with hernias(as far as I know), all you have to do is make sure the dog isn't very active and stays dry for about a week.
Umbilical hernias, IMO, are of no concern whatsoever. You're lucky the breeder offered $100 off. My boy has one, and I sure wasn't offered any money off. The breeder had pointed it out, told me what it was and why it was common in the breed (Basenjis) and said it wasn't a big deal. It's not even a fault in AKC conformation. After much research, I came to find out she was right.
I have a Chihuahua 5 months old and had a Umbilical Hernia and the breader had it fixed for us before we got her. You say that it is a problem if you bread a female with this? I head that it could be pasted along to the pups maybe. But I never heard it could tear?
I have never heard a VET say that a bitch with an umbilical hernia could not be bred. They are NOT always hereditary either. A lot of times if you push them back in several times daily, they will heal on their own.
Some times they are from the mother pulling the umbilical cord off too hard. Sometimes VETS give them by tying off the cord too close to the stomach during a c-section. Once the repair is made the dog is fixed with this type of hernia.
I have heard that the OTHER TYPE of hernia 'inguinal' hernias ARE hereditary and are due to weak stomach muscles and THOSE BITCHES should not be bred.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)