I just want a feel of what everyone's opinion is on this subject. My vet says yes they are genetically passed on. Others say they are not...I've done some research of my own online and through different vets in my area. Any more information is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! :-)
I have read that the short nosed breeds, those with the top teeth located behind the bottom teeth, have a higher incidence of umbelical hernias. Something to do with the way the mother is able or unable to chew the cord after the puppy is delivered.
Depending upon the severity of the hernia, some may close up by the time the puppy is 6 months old, others may have to be surgically closed, at the time of neutering or spaying.
I've had another vet tell me that if your litter had umbelical hernias, that those parents should not be bred again, that it is genetic.
Tell us your experience with umbelical hernias. Do you have a dog with one and did it require surgery to close?
I am also greatly interested in this subject, as I have a 9 week old Jatsu who has a hernia. I am told that it is breed specific not maternal or paternal. Meaning that parents who do not have the problem can still have puppies that do and vise versa.
We bought this particular female last year and when she went into her next heat cycle we had her bred. She's perfect; she's liver & white, she has gorgeous green eyes, she's perfect size for showing-13lbs, she has an awesome pedigree but it starts at the 3rd generation mostly for all the Champions. Anyway, we bred her to our liver & white male and on Dec 29th, they had 7 healthy babies. Upon their 5th week, I found a hernia on one of them...literally 1 day later, I found one on 2 of her siblings! So I called the vet and he asked if the mom or dad had one, of course not because I wouldn't have bought them that way! He suggested I call the breeders, so I did. The MOM had one and it was so tiny we never saw it and she "thought" she told us about it! So, the mom is going into surgery tomorrow to be spayed and have that "small hernia" closed up because of course now we see it-barely- but it is there if you carefully feel around. And of course, it was a 1 yr health guarantee and we're well past that. If I really wanted to fight it I'm sure I could get her to pay for it but I'm just overwhelmed with all of this in the first place I don't want to stir up anything more. Also, just so you all know, I personally deliver my own puppies, I break the sacs, I cut the cords myself, I suction out the nose and mouth. So the only way the mom has any interaction with that umbilical cord before it is cut, is actually delivering the puppy. But with this litter, 3 of the 7 have hernias, I am convinced that it is hereditary. But I wanted to get a feel of what everyone thinks-genetics or not. Thanks for any and all feedback!
It depends. Some mothers do aggressively pull the cords and cause hernias in several puppies in the litter. Other breeds are prone to umbilical hernias. Either way, I don't think that it is like the inguinal hernias.
Once an umbilical hernia is repaired, it normally does not come back. The inguinal hernias are a weakness in the whole stomach muscle and those are a problem even for people. I know people with wire mesh all underneath their stomach skin to hold in their guts. It is a lot different than one little hernia that is repaired.
I don't think that it should be the ONLY factor in excluding a dog from a breeding program.
Oh, yeah, what else did you test for before breeding you Shih Tzu's? OFA numbers?
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