Umbilical hernia in Lhasa apso aged 9 weeks

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  1. niccolemanxx

    niccolemanxx PetForums Junior

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    Hi everyone,

    Last week I got my gorgeous boy Billy at 8 weeks old. He has a hernia which the breeder did tell us about and reduced price and I didn't mind aslong as we could have it fixed for him.

    I thought it was a small hernia but reading on here, it seems like it's a big one. I can push it back in the hole but the hole is roughly 1cm. Today it feels 'lumpy' only way I can describe. I can still push it back in and he will let me, he's not acting any differently and will lie on his belly etc.

    The vets told her it would be ideal to operate when I have him neutered my question is how would I know it's got worse? Sometimes to me it feels bigger than other times it doesn't. The lump that is pushing out I would say is like half a strawberry. Sometimes bigger.

    Would you wait or get it done ASAP?

    Thanks for all advice x
     
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    niccolemanxx PetForums Junior

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    This is the hernia

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  3. CarlyWoody

    CarlyWoody PetForums Member

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    A hernia is a loop of bowel, so those lumps you are feeling is what you are going to pick up in your backyard soon! Yes it changes in size.
    Time to be worried is when you can't push it back in, or puppy starts getting sore in his stomach. Don't use lots of pressure to push the hernia back in. Don't let him get constipated.
    When are you planning on getting him castrated? One anaesthetic is safer than 2, so if you are planning on getting him done soon I wouldn't worry about it. Plus puppies (I haven't had any so forgive me if this bit is wrong) need fairly regular checks and jabs at the vet so they can keep an eye on it and advise accordingly.
    Would love a front photo!
     
  4. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    A hernia is caused by a hole in the muscle wall where the umbilical cord was originally attached.

    How soon they need to be operated on if at all depends on type and size of the hernia. Very small ones sometimes will even close on their own. Although its hard to tell from the photo exactly how big it is it does look quite sizeable.

    Some though are just soft swellings and it is only stomach fat that is poking out which isnt such a worry usually, the other type which is usually more of a worry is if the stomach contents often loops of intestine poke through as if its this, then the intestines can get stuck and twist and cause whats reffered to as a strangulated hernia, which is serious and the dog will become ill too.

    Usually if its small or the first sort just stomach fat popping out, they are often left until its done at the same time as the neutering or spaying.

    If the breeders vet has examined it and said its OK to be left until he is neutered then it sounds like its the less serious of the two types possibly.

    Personally if he were mine I would get a 2nd opinion. When you get a pup anyway its always wise to get a vet check done asap and checking the unbilical area is something they usually do routinely as they are not totally uncommon in pups sometimes.

    The vet will confirm and put your mind at rest what sort it is and if it can wait or not until he is neutered.
     

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