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Delayed Closure or Hernia?

Delayed closures are very common.  Most so called "hernias" are actually delayed closure of the umbilical or inguinal (groin) area. 

Some,  jump to call it a hernia, because at that time, that seems like it is.

If a puppy has an inguinal or an umbilical hernia  in most cases it is closed by eight weeks.

 They are usually closed by 8-12 weeks.

One can not tell the difference between a true hernia or a delayed closure unless the hernia is severe.

As the puppy gets older and the hernia is getting better he/she grows then most likely you are just dealing with a delayed closure. 

Sometimes a breeder just simply knows based on experience that a particular dog has with  her puppies that just are simply a little slower at closing up.  They have also had the Vet check it out and the Vet will be familiar with the Breeder.

It is not uncommon for a umbilical Hernia not to close, almost all are simply cosmetic and do not cause any health concern.   They can be stitched closed for very minimal cost at the time of spay/neuter if desired. Again, almost all "inguinal hernias" are simply delayed closures and require no medical help.

Inguinal Hernias

Remember, you can’t tell if a puppy has a true hernia until they are at least 5-6 mos old. They are almost always just delayed closures.

An inguinal hernia is the result of abdominal organs, fat or tissue protruding through the inguinal ring. Inguinal hernias are skin-covered bulges in the groin area. They can be bilateral, involving both sides, and unilateral, involving only one side.

 Inguinal hernias are more common in females than males, but do occur in both sexes. Most all inguinal hernias will shrink and disappear as the puppy grows, although you must keep an eye on the size of the hernia.

It is recommended that you push the tissue back into the cavity a once a day or when you notice it "sticking out" (if it is on the larger side).

Small Inguinal hernias are of little concern and do generally close up on their own. As with an umbilical hernia, if it hasn't not closed up on it's own by the time it is time to spay or neuter your puppy, then have a vet close it up at that time.

Why Does This Happen?

A lot of Vets will do it free of charge or for a small fee as long as they are already spaying or neutering the dog. An umbilical hernia is usually a small soft bump where your puppies umbilical cord was (their belly button) and for whatever reason the muscle failed to close up.  There are a couple of reasons why a puppy gets an umbilical hernia.  Sometimes the moms tend to have a harder time "cutting the cord" and will tug, pull or even chew to close to the skin or sometimes a difficult delivery and the puppy had to be pulled out.  Most breeders will not allow the mom to chew the cord as to prevent a hernia. If you get hernias consistently from the same dog and the breeder has cut the cords and not allowed the mom to chew them.

Pushing in the bump is helpful J

Again, true inguinal hernias are rare.

Quick note on repairing hernias: One surgery at the time of the spay/neuter.

Have a Doctor that you trust,   pups can be said to
need surgery when it is only tissue.

Don’t panic! You have not been provided with a “pup with a hernia” you may just have a doctor that is not as familiar with pups.   Many doctors will write it down on report in order to cover themselves.   Once again, trust the doctor that you have!!!  It is not about having a "nice" doctor.

Also do not let your puppy hang …  support their bottoms when holding them  :)

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Great article.  If this is your article, tell me and I will provide you with credit.

Thank you,
Jackie  989/ 460-7960



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