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What is Hernia Repair?

Hernia repair is a surgical treatment used in dogs to repair various hernias that dogs may have occurred either congenitally or acquired later in life. The goal of hernia repair is to remove misplaced abdominal contents back into the abdomen and repair the defect that allowed communication between the abdomen and other body cavities to occur. Hernia repair is a common procedure in dogs. Hernia repair for common hernias such as perineal hernias can be performed by your primary veterinarian. More rare hernias or complex cases may be referred to a boarded veterinary surgeon. 

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Hernia Repair Procedure in Dogs

Diagnosis of a hernia may involve physical exam only (for perineal hernias) or a combination of physical exam and diagnostic imaging (for internal hernias). Once the type of hernia has been determined, surgery is scheduled for your dog. Before surgery, it will be important to keep your dog off food for 12 hours to lessen the chance of nausea associated with certain anesthetic premedication agents. 

Some hernias may not require that abdominal exploration be done (perineal) and some hernia repairs are much more involved and involve the abdomen and thoracic space (peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia).

General hernia repair steps

  • Pre-anesthesia/anesthesia applied
  • Position animal for surgery (on back for abdominal/thoracic hernias, on stomach for perineal hernias)
  • Prepare incisional area (shave, clean)
  • Move to operating room (if prep is done in another area)
  • Drape in for surgery and sterilize skin to be incised
  • Incision made along appropriate plane for the hernia type (along abdominal midline or off midline by rectum)
  • Hernia visualized and necrotic tissue removed
  • Defect in muscle layers repaired (mesh indicated for large defects)
  • Abdomen checked for bleeding
  • Incision closed

Efficacy of Hernia Repair in Dogs

Hernia treatment is generally effective and effects are permanent, especially if recovery is smooth. Alternative treatment of hernias are not generally recommended due to the risk of entrapped tissue becoming strangulated (blood supply cut off) and dying. Once this occurs there is a high risk of infection which could lead to sepsis.

Hernia Repair Recovery in Dogs

After surgery, your dog will be given pain medication for any postoperative pain. You will need to keep your dog still (no jumping, running, rough play) for 10 days while the skin incisions heal to reduce the risk of dehiscence (sutures coming apart). Your dog will also be given an Elizabethan collar to prevent chewing at the incision site. After surgery, you will need to monitor your dog’s incision for signs of infection such as swelling, heat and discharge. Generally, after the suture removal appointment, there is no need to follow up with your veterinarian for the procedure. 

Cost of Hernia Repair in Dogs

Hernia repair surgery can be expensive and price varies depending on the location of the hernia and the cost of living in your area. Hernia repair expenses range from $700 (for simple more common hernias) to $2,500 (more complex cases) with $1,600 being the average cost. These costs include diagnosis, surgery and aftercare. 

Dog Hernia Repair Considerations

Hernia repair, like all surgery, is associated with risks. The most common risks of hernia repair surgery are bleeding, dehiscence, and infection.  Keeping your dog still after surgery and monitoring the incision for signs of infection will help prevent these adverse effects from occurring. Hernia surgery is life saving and the benefits are long lasting. The potential for another hernia occurrence in the same location is low post-op.

Hernia Repair Prevention in Dogs

In general, prevention of hernias that need surgical correction is difficult. Many hernias are due to traumatic events or are congenital anomalies. Choosing to not breed those dogs with congenital hernias could help prevent future pups from being born with hernias, but is not a guarantee. Perineal hernias are most often seen in intact male dogs and may be associated with straining to defecate due to an enlarged prostate or prostatitis. The best way to prevent this kind of hernia is to have your dog neutered if they develop an enlarged prostate or, ideally, as a puppy.

Hernia Repair Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Greta
Miniature Schnauzer
11 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

protrusion of hernia

Medication Used

prednisone

My mini schnauzer Greta has had an inguinal hernia for many years. She will be 11 years this coming January. Back in October she had an episode of pancreatitis and at this time her platelet count was 0. She is being treated for the low platelet count with steroids, numbers are increasing and her pancreatitis is controlled. She was hospitalized for 8 days out of precaution due to the low platelets and the fear of spontaneous bleeding. She returned home and now her hernia keeps popping out, it can be reduced (sometimes difficult - no vomiting), but it happens several times a day. My question is: can she have her hernia repaired if her platelets are normalized via steroids (and while in treatment)? And anesthesia can increase her chances of another episode of pancreatitis?

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Hocus pocus
Doberman Pinscher
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

She can not step on her paw.

My girl 4 years old doberman pincsher. She hasn't use her rear left leg. I mean she can not step on her paw. After that, she didn't any problem. She is highly energetic and her appetite is fine except for walking problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes, but this would be something that your Veterinarian would need to examine as there are different joints and ligaments in the rear limb which may be causing this lameness; keep her rested until you can visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady Bug
Beagle
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

eating normal
No Pain
Mass In Abdomen

How do we find a general practitioner in our area that will perform a repair on an inguinal hernia. Our 7 year old dog had xrays and an ultrasound done by at a specialty hospital, but the specialists said this procedure could be done by a GP. However, most of the vets I've contacted won't do this procedure. How do we find a vet with this kind of experience but doesn't come with the specialist price tag?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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One option is to call your nearest Veterinary Schools, many of them offer specialist services at reasonable prices; another option is to just keep calling around Veterinarians in and around your area. Some Veterinarians won’t do the surgery because of the chance of recurrence etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

please let me know is it safe to do the operation
best regards,
Sushil

MYDOG is ten years old rodesian Ridge bACK AN IS IT POSSIBLE TO SO THE OPEATION
THANK YOU
sushil

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Heidi
Shih Tzu
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our 2 1/2 year old shih tzu had inguinal hernia repair and spay done 4 days ago. She would not eat so we returned to vet. The vet got her to eat a small amount, said she was active, and sent her home. I cannot get her to eat and here she is mopey and won't move. How concerned should I be about the food and is this normal to be so different at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally if a dog will eat in the clinic they will also eat at home, it is important for Heidi to eat but at a minimum she should be drinking and keeping hydrated. Ensure that she is eating and possibly mix some smooth wet food with water and try to feed her slowly with a syringe which may encourage her to eat; if she still isn’t eating by tomorrow (Saturday) return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mariposa
Bull Terrier
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loose stool

My dog was spayed four days ago and today I noticed some swelling around her stitches. She is very high energy and it has been difficult to keep her from jumping up on my bed and couch and running around the house. Could she have developed hernia? I pressed down on the area and she did not seem to be in pain. She is eating well. However she has been urinating more frequently than usual and some of her stool has been a bit loose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs may develop a small lump after spaying called a seroma, especially if a dog has been over active since the surgery; another cause is a hernia at the incision site caused by dehiscence of the sutures. Keep an eye on the lump, but if you are concerned; visit your Veterinarian before your post surgery checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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omega
Cane Corso
4 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

tired
Loss of Balance
Diarrhea
Not drinking
Vomiting

my puppy had an umbilical hernia repair a few weeks ago. stuff she is vomitting and had gray diarrhea with stringy mucus stuff, which i can only imagine is internal lining. could this be from the surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally complications from the surgery would have presented before now; infections, parasites, foreign bodies, poisoning, dietary problems etc… may all cause these symptoms. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian with a stool sample to have Omega checked over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Are shih tzu puppy was neutered one was Crypt And had an umbilical hernia
Surgery was 10 days ago
The hernia repair site is swollen but not hot to touch he's eating normal and pooping good should this be swollen

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Cedar
Catahoula Leopard Dog
12 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Umbilical hernia

My 12 week old catahoula pup has an umbilical hernia. I take her to the vet in 2 weeks to get her rabies shot so I’m going to ask them about it but I just wanted to know: after getting the surgery are there going to be any pregnancy complications? I know there’s a chance of passing down the trait but we bought her specifically to breed. Also, I’d there any chance of it increasing in size in the mean time? She’s an extremely active pup!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Regardless of whether you purchased her to breed, if the hernia is considered to be inheritable you shouldn’t breed with her; normally once umbilical hernias are repaired, there is little risk of recurrence however abdominal pressure during pregnancy and whelping may (in a very few cases) cause a recurrence. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tenko
Siberian Husky
3 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

None

Want to buy a Red and White husky from a reputable breeder and dog show participant / winner. The puppy in question has a " Inactive ( Closed ) umbilical hernia. I was told that this can be fixed at barely any cost when the puppy is taken to be spayed.
My question is... I have looked this up and everything I find is $1200 on average for the repair. What could she be referring to that she is quoting such a low price to have it repaired? I don't want to assume its selective wording to sell the puppy.
Recommendations on an approach when purchasing a puppy that has this problem listed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Umbilical hernias are regularly repaired during neutering and the additional expense is negligible; I’ve known practices to charge an add on for umbilical hernia repair during neutering and others which just waive the cost (depending on severity). The biggest reason for the cost of hernia repair is the same for any surgery really which is the surgery costs (Veterinarian, anaesthesia, equipment etc…) which similar for any surgery. Some hernias can be closed easily along with the (spay) surgical site and require little action on the side of the Veterinarian; other hernia repairs can be quite complex and require removal of portions of intestine etc… in severe cases. I would call your local Veterinary Clinic and explain to them the type of hernia, your desire to have her spayed etc… and ask them their policy on ‘add-ons’ as each Veterinary Clinic is different (plus it is free to ask). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Reagan
Corgi
14 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I just picked up my dog from the animal shelter. She was spayed this past week and when I brought her home I noticed the hernia. It is red, swolen, and about the size of a nickel. I contacted the shelter and they told me that it closed properly and is just a ball of fat at this point. Should I be worried and have her checked just in case the shelter didn’t want to pay to have the procedure done?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Reaghan has a non-reducible hernia, we typically don't worry about those at the time of surgery, as they do not cause problems. If you are not sure, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can quickly tell you whether the hernia is non-reducible and not to worry, or if it a reducible hernia that does need to be repaired.

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Sam
Lab/Pit mix
6 1/2 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog had hernia repair surgery 2 weeks ago and was nurtured at the same time; he's fine and back to his normal self. But today we noticed on his tummy where they removed the hernia it's got a bump again. I was wondering how common is it for hernia's to reappear in the same spot. Also is it possible that the dr may have made a mistake when they removed the hernia the first time? I have photos if they would help..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hernia surgery has a high success rate, but may recur in cases of overexertion after surgery or dehiscence of the sutures; I would check back in with your Veterinarian to have a look at the hernia and to determine if any further action is needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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"Prospect puppy"
Yorkshire Terrier
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Umbilical hernia

I have found a 9 week old female Yorkie puppy for sale that I'm interested in buying. I was told that it has an umbilical hernia & that I could have the surgery at the same time that it gets sprayed. I really wanted to buy a Yorkie that could have one litter of pups for my family. I have 3 questions:

1- Should I go w/ another puppy instead of this one to have one litter in the future?
2- Approximately, how much is the umbilical hernia operation on it's own?
3- Also what are the chances that the hernia could reappear, requiring more future surgeries? Thank you very much for taking the time to read & answer my questions!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some dogs live their whole life without incidence from an umbilical hernia whilst other have problems; also umbilical hernias can be considered inheritable and an affected dog shouldn’t be bred, however there is strong debate regarding this especially in the breeding community. The cost of umbilical hernia repair can start as low as $250 (charity clinic) upwards depending on your location and Veterinarian. Recurrence rate for umbilical hernias vary depending on various factors and which source you quote, some studies show as low as 3% whilst other are well over 20%. Also, if you are planning on breeding I wouldn’t use a female which has an umbilical hernia (repaired or not) since the increased abdominal pressure during gestation and whelping may cause unwanted complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Einstein
Jack Russell Terrier
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

Hi, I have a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier. I noticed a small puffy spot on my dog on the left side of his stomach...I thought it had been there since his neutering at 2 months old.Today I noticed that the puffiness is really swollen and much bigger than it had been. My dog does not show signs of distress he is very active and eats well. We did recently move..well 2 years ago and its the first pace Einstein has lived with a full set of stairs leading upstairs. I believe maybe its from him jumping up the steps taht has caused this. I have another dog in my household a 9 year old BorderCollie/Spaniel and lately hs been sniffing everyplace my JRT lays and I have heard that dogs can sniff out something wrong in other dogs and humans. Ok to reiterate...the left half of my dogs stomach is swollen. This is the first I have noticed this. Any advice or information in regards to this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Einstein, and the swelling, I'm not sure if it is a problem or what might be causing it. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at the area, assess what might be causing it, and recommend any treatments that might be necessary. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Kylo
French Bulldog
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

I own a 4 month old french bulldog, when i purchased him i found out he Had a small umbilical hernia and was told it would go away, but that was not the case, is he old enough to withstand the surgery? Is there more risks with this procedure due to the breed? I was planning on breeding him is it going to affect his puppies?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Umbilical hernia's don't 'go away', as they are holes in the body wall. I'm not sure how large the hernia is, and that would be a good question to ask your veterinarian, as they can see him, assess the hernia, and let you know if it is reducible or not, and what would be involved in repairing the hernia. Hernias are hereditary problems, so he should probably not be bred.

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Gus
Sharpei
7 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No pain no swelling
Knot around scar/incision

had hernia repair three weeks ago, now he has a knot around his scar, I have pictures if they would help, just worried about it... It does not hurt to touch, and is not hot to the touch either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Small lumps and bumps may occur around a surgical incision site after surgery may be a response to local tissue irritation from the suture material; if there is no pain, it is cool to the touch, cannot be pushed back into the abdomen (with gentle pressure) and smaller that a quarter inch, I wouldn’t be too concerned. Keep an eye on it and if it grows in size, becomes painful or you notice any other worrying symptoms, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rufus
hound mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hernia on lower stomach

How dangerous can hernia surgery be? And I know in the long run it will definitely be more dangerous for my dog not to have the surgery. Especially considering his hernia has already begun to get bigger. But what I mean is can a dog die during surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically in a young dog, hernia repair surgery especially umbilical hernia repair is no more dangerous than spaying or castration; inguinal hernias and perineal hernias are a little more complex but not life threatening and diaphragmatic hernias are the most risky to operate on. I would have no concerns performing umbilical hernia surgery on a one year old otherwise healthy dog; however there is always a concern with anaesthesia regardless of the type of surgery but the risk is minimal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wally
German Shorthaired Pointer
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose stools

My dog had a suspected hernia about 3 weeks ago. He had a large bump in his abdomen. The vet opened him up and discovered that it looked like it had healed itself (there was no internal organs going into the opening) and that the bump was filled with fluid. She closed him back up, we kept him off his feet and he healed fine. The only issue is that around 3 days after the surgery he has developed very loose stools and they have continued even with the prescribing of metronidazole, which he took for multiple days. My biggest concern is that she did something wrong when she was operating. He otherwise seems totally fine, lots of energy, eating and drinking as normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there were no organ involvement in the hernia site and your Veterinarian only stitched up the opening, I cannot see what they may have done wrong especially if there is no change in behaviour or eating habits. Loose stools may be caused by many different causes; trying some plain canned pumpkin may help firm the stool up. Otherwise, infections, parasites, foreign bodies, stress, food intolerance and other causes may cause the stool to be loose. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi,

My dog got bit by a big dog and got hernia. He had the surgery 2 weeks ago and had his small intestine rejoined because the vet had to cut off 1.5 foot. He came home after a week at the vet and have a lot of discharge all these time. He's on pain killer, and 2 antibiotics. He had to get restitch 4 days ago because one of the sides where he got the surgery got opened up. The vet put 4 drain valves (2 on each side) this time and sent him home the same day. He's still having a lot of discharge everyday and I cannot really clean him either because he won't let me so I just leave him as he is.
Since there is no cleaning I am seeing some white around one of the stitch and looks like one side of the wound is opening up again because I can see some small holes around the stitch.
I'm very concerned as to if his wound is supposed to get opened even though he cannot lick it?
And how long is the stitch going to look raw? Do you also think that because I leave all the discharge on his body and wound area that it is making it not heal properly and messing with the stitches?

Thank you

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Grace
Chiuahua
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Showing discomfort and licking lips

My dog had an umbilical hernia strangled and had to get surgery and got neutered as well about a week ago she randomly started showing pains in her stomach she's laying down now

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Grace is showing abdominal pain after surgery, you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination; without examining her I cannot determine if the pain is related to the surgery or if she has a tummy ache from food or something else. Keep her rested and hydrated until you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yorkie
Yorkie
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Sleepiness
Loss of Appetite

My dog is a 2 year old Yorkshire-Chihuahua. Our vet said he had hernia about a year ago but does not need to do the surgery at that time. Recently my dog has been sleeping more than usual and doesn't have a good appetite. He acted the same 2 weeks ago and the vet said he was fine. But it seems like he is having constant mood swings. Should he get checked asap and get that surgery done asap?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining him I cannot determine whether the symptoms are due to the hernia or not, but it would be best to check with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; you should get the hernia repaired since it may cause an issue later in life and better have it corrected now than at an older age in an emergency. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bart Wang
lhasa apso
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

perineal hernia

My Lhasa Apso first had hernia repair at 6 yrs old and neutered at the same time. The hernia re-appeared at 12 yrs old and since then he has had a mesh inserted, mesh removed due to it being oversize and causing constant bleeding over 3 months, to using his own skin flaps to repair the hernia. After the last procedure, 6 months went by where my dog was happy and normal until today where the hernia reappeared. I'm lost about what to do with a heavy heart. Should I visit a specialist or go to the same Vet who performed the surgery? Should we try a smaller mesh? Would there even be any more skin left to "overlap" the hernia area?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Bart’s age, the recurrence of the hernia and the type of hernia (perineal); I would recommend visiting a Specialist to look at Bart and to make the hernia repair. I cannot comment on the best way forward and most likely the Specialist would need to decide on the course of action during the surgery after opening the incision and seeing what tissue is available for use. You can find a Board Certified Specialist in your area by looking at the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://find.vetspecialists.com/

thank you

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Mogli
Springer spaniel
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Medication Used

Tramadol

My dog had a hernia repair today and it is too painful for him to lay down. I'm worried about him standing for 12+ hours after a surgery. Is this normal behavior after a surgery? Also, he has gotten on the couch a few times (his favorite), is that going to rip his stitches?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hernia repair like any surgery is going to be uncomfortable and dogs may position themselves or stand due to pain; you should try to restrict Mogli’s movement to prevent dehiscence of sutures and don’t allow him to jump on furniture or run (walk him on a lead). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raven
German Shepherd Dog
11 months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Our 11 month old German shepherd was just fixed and had her umbilical hernia fixed as well. She's been okay for the first to second day home, eating drinking etc..today is her third day home and I noticed some slight swelling on one side where her hernia used to be. (its more on her side than her stomach) it looks like a bubble (cyst like or puss like) I consulted with family on what it could be and was told not to worry about it. (I'm very worried//both our vets are closed) I'm not too sure if I should be worried or if its nothing. She isn't in pain, she lays on the side its on, she's up and moving. I just want to know if I should be worried or just wait till tomorrow to see if it goes down.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small painless lump or bubble may be just a seroma which is an accumulation of serum which may occur at a surgical site after surgery; normally they are nothing to be concerned about and you should monitor the size of it in the meantime. However, when you go back to your Veterinarian for the checkup you should bring it to their attention to make sure that it isn’t something more serious; if it gets larger, changes colour or is warmer than the rest of the body visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, was just wondering what it turned out to be, im having same issue with my dog 6 days after surgery, thanks

Thank you. I noticed it today and it was slightly a bit larger than the other day. Its not warmer than the rest of her body but it does bring concern. I have a small feeling that the vet did not fix her umbilical hernia correctly and it is pushing out again. (its at the site where it originally started) If that is the case I really don't want to make her go through surgery again as it wasn't an issue for her. We were told by the vet that it was best to fix it. I appreciate the comment back, thank you!

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Maddux
Maltipoo
10 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hardness under healed incision
“Poking” at top of incision

My dog had an umbilical hernia repair as part of his neutering surgery two months ago. A scar has formed, but under the scar I can feel a hard little lump where the hernia was and some more hard almost like scar tissue under the little lump. At the top of his incision there’s something a little “pokey.” Is this
Normal? What should his belly feel like under the healed scar? They used glue to hold his skin back together but this came off before we got home and they said to leave it because they would have to put him back to sleep to suture it. All that would happen is a larger scar from tissue granulation. I’m worried the hernia isn’t actually repaired or that it had slipped back through the wall and what is this hardness?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is normal for scar tissue to form at a point where surgery was performed, and what you are feeling might be normal scar tissue and the suture underneath the skin. Since I cannot examine Maddux or make sure that everything feels normal, it would be best to have a recheck with your veterinarian to make sure that is has healed normally and see if there is any cause for concern. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Cassie
Maltishon
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

The scar is a little pink at one end

My 18 month Maltese/bichon had hernia and spay 7 days ago she has seen our vet and they were very pleased with her, how long is it before she can jump on the sofa safely, now she is feeling better she has so much energy and she has jumped on 2 or three times, thus worries me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally discomfort from surgery wears off after two or three days which can then make it difficult to keep an active dog calm. We generally prefer dogs to rest for ten to fourteen days after surgery to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
Maltipoo
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hernia

We are looking at adopting a multipoo puppy from a family that is divorcing. We were told the dog has a hernia. We have not owned a dog before. Can someone tell me what this type of surgery would cost and what the aftercare would be like? I would just want to know what to expect. The puppy is a few months old and is a pure breed. They are just looking for a good home and would he giving it to us for free. She has all of her shots too.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the type of hernia(umbilical, perineal, inguinal, diaphragmatic), but generally umbilical hernias are the most common (and I’ll assume this for the answer); surgical correction is the surgery of choice and is usually an add on to spaying. The surgery is straightforward and has a low recurrence/failure rate of less than 5%; surgery may cost as low as $255 at a low cost clinic (see second link below for example) but prices vary depending on location and Veterinarian, prices may go much higher. Aftercare is simple, just like after a spay to keep an eye on the wound and restrict activity for a week or so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/umbilical-hernia www.helpinghandsvetva.com/procedures-pricing/ (click on hernia repair)

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oliver
Dachshund
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

healing

We are in the process of getting a mini dachshund puppy. The breeder told me today that he had bilateral hernia surgery and was neutered at the same time. He is 8 weeks old and I am worried about the long term problems that might come from such early neutering. Not sure if we should not take this puppy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are two schools of thought regarding the age of neutering, one group believes in neutering a male around six months of age and the other group after eight weeks of age; I prefer six months of age myself but I don’t want to get into the debate about this since I have my opinions. It is better to allow larger dogs to be older when neutering (around a year) but again this is up for debate. There should be no issues for Oliver being neutered at this age and it is good that the hernias were repaired too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have since learned that they were fairly large hernias and required more repair than I had previously thought. Do you think there may be a problem that recurs in the future? We have also been offered another puppy to consider from the same breeder, should we consider this puppy?

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Colt
Bullmastiff
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bump

My 11 week old mastiff puppy had a successful umbilical hernia repair 12 days ago but there is still a bump about 3cms x 2cms in diameter and about 1cm in height. Is it possible that this just be internal swelling at the hernia site and is this common for there to still be a bump?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst dehiscence of sutures recurrence of the hernia may occur, it is rare; most likely it is a seroma which is a pocket of serum which may occur after surgery near the surgical site and is usually nothing to be too concerned about. It would be best just to pop in to your Veterinarian’s Office to have it checked over to be on the safe side as I cannot say for sure without examining it myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr.

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Giant
English Bulldog
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

visible

Hello,
I have an english bulldog 4 months male and was told to wait for his "belly button" to go in up until he is 6 months. I am afraid this can cause something else? are umbilical hernias deadly? I pressed on it gently and there is no pain, he is playful and looks fine. I am just afraid on this. Should we get this removed? surgically? should I wait? Also, is it true you can not breed? How long is the recovery if i proceed with surgery? the hernia is about the size of a peanut unpealed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Giant has a miniature hernia; however hernias can become fatal if abdominal contents (especially intestines) pass through the defect and become strangulated cutting off blood circulation.Typically with small hernias, we’ll monitor them for six months as sometimes they do spontaneously resolve and we generally plan to correct the hernia at the same time as spaying or castration since it isn’t recommended to breed dogs with hernias (I know many breeders would disagree); recovery from surgery is quick as it is simple and less complicated than a spaying. Just keep an eye on it for now as it is very small, but if it changes in size or colour; or it gets warm you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bulbul
Shih Tzu
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Little swelling

Medication Used

None

I have a 2 months old shih tzu puppy.She is having a umbical hernia. Should we get it operated or will it go by itself? And if surgery is required when should we get it done? Are there are side effects?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If an umbilical hernia is causing no trouble you can take a wait and see approach as some may resolve within six months; typically we tack on hernia repair to another surgery like neutering unless it is an emergency. Most times it is just fat, but you should start visiting your Veterinarian to get Bulbul vaccinated and they will also advise you too at the same time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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