I have a 9 week old Shih Tzu with a small umbilical hernia. I wasnt advised of this when I purchased her but my vet has since advised me of this. It was my intention (in time!)for her to have one litter providing she is as healthy as she is now. I'm hearing conflicting advice about whether this is ok or not - my puppy is obviously my main consideration. Some people have said they dont consider these type of hernia to be a medical condition and mostly they have shrunk and dissapeared by the time the puppy is 6 months old. Obviously I want to do the right thing by both my puppy and any future pups she may have so any advice would be appreciated.
I personally have never considered that kind of hernia a problem. sometimes they come from the damn chewing the cord to short. it is not usually genetic, and all the ones I have seen fade away in time. I wouldn't breed her anyway unless she was a champion, and had all the health testing done. There are a ton of BYB's with shih tzu's what make yours different. Are you willing to lose her if there is a problem with the pregnancy?
no definately not willing to lose her if there was a risk that there would be a problem in pregnancy. I have been told though that while it can be caused by mum chewing the cord too close to pup at birth, it is more likely in this breed to be a genetic defect. Just asking for advice as I am getting conflicting info re hernias. Why would you only breed her if she was a champion - there are many people out there like me who dont want a show dog but just a pet arent there. As i was told that its very common in Shih Tzu's to have a hernia I wondered if I was the only person who was considering breeding her if the hernia dissapears as I'm told most do by 6 months? What does BYB mean?
A BYB is back yard breeder. In short, someone who has a dog, and thinks it would cool to have a litter of puppies. They do no health testing, have no clue how to raise a litter, and not willing to give people their money back if there is a health problem with a puppy they have sold.
There are a ton of shih tzu breeders out their, every litter has pets as well as show quality dogs. If a person doesn't want a show dog, just tell the breeder. It doesn't mean they should go to someone who doesn't have a clue to buy pup that could cost them thousands in health problems.
If you want to breed, you have to ask yourself these questions. You already said you wouldn't want to lose her, that does happen. Can you stay up all night waiting to deliver? can you stay home all day, or can you take her to work waiting for her to deliver? If she doesn't produce milk, can you feed tube/bottle feed puppies every 2-3hours night and day? trust me you don't get any sleep. If one of your pups had slipping knee caps, and requires surgery can you afford to pay for it? If a puppy you sell has epilepsy, are you willing to take it back, and give the person a refund? Can you live with your self knowing that a puppy you sold wasn't wanted anymore, taken to a shelter and put to sleep? Do you know how to whelp and raise pups? Can you afford $1000 +/- for an emergancy c-section?
I am not trying to be mean, but breeding isn't always fun. I have an amazing relationship with my vet, I have an x-ray done before the pups are born so I know how many. That way if one doesn't come out, I can go to the vet so my bitch doesn't die. There are canine std's that can kill a whole litter. The longer a bitch stays intact, the shorter her life is, the greater her chance of pyrametris, and breast cancer. If you purchased this dog as a pet, she should be spayed and loved as a pet. I see no reason to breed a dog just becuase you can. 14 and 15yr old girls are getting pregnant, and having babies becuase they can. It doesn't make them good mothers, and it isn't always healthy for them.
My shih tzu baby is now 2yrs of age. She has been spayed and I did so as soon as she was old enough to have the surgery. She has papers, but I bought her as a pet only. She has an unbilical hernia and I can honestly say it doesn't get smaller with age or rather hers doesn't. I didn't know she had one either when I got her. I was informed by the vet. At times her hernia swells slightly, but it's when she needs her anal glands cleaned out. (the groomer takes care of this) It doesn't seem to bother her and hopefully it never will. I think it freaks me out more than anyone because I've never had a dog with one. Oh well...regardless...as long as the vet doesn't think anything needs to be done for it then I guess it's ok. Otherwise my dog is extremely healthy and very smart. I wouldn't trade her for the world!