Hi there can any one give me informetion about umbilical hearnie my english bull terrier has it, it is a small one and is also closed. I would like to find out info about breeding her and if any one has experience on the topic, can any one help please
There are two kinds of hernias. One is umbilical and the other is inguinal. Umbilical hernias may or may not be hereditary and usually arenít considered to be a big deal. Inguinal are hereditary and are more serious. Usually these two are not life threatening BUT they could be so itís always advisable to have a vet check them out. Both can be fixed as early as 5 weeks old. Most will heal themselves. You have two different mind sets about hernias. One set says you NEVER breed any kind of imperfection. The other thinks that itís not a serious fault. Like spinal bifida or deafness. And its fixable so Its not that bad. It IS the breeders responsibility to fix hernias and it can cost anywhere from 30.00 to over 100.00 to fix Not all vets will fix them this young. Once a hernia is fixed there are two things you have to think about. 1 if its an inguinal hernia on a male puppy then he will have to be altered. 2 if itís a hernia one female and she gets bred then the hernia could pop back out. Then you should have it repaired again. So you could breed knowing that there is a possibility of hernias in the blood lines and only sell as PET puppies. Iím not advocating in either direction.