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.
Do I need to Mortgage my home LOL?
Many doctors will do it free of charge or for a small fee as long as they are already spaying or neutering the dog. Remember they usually close on their own with time.
Once again, you can not know until 5-6 months.
Why Does This Happen?
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 :)
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, it can be said to need surgery and it is only tissue.
Don’t panic! You have not been provided with a “ bad pup from a bad breeder with a hernia”. Always check to see if the doctor is familiar with puppies.
Some are not and you may just have a doctor that is not familiar with pups as others :)
Do not let your puppy "hang"
Support your pups bottoms......recommended by everyone!
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