Puppy umbilical hernia surgery question

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  1. chadanddenise

    chadanddenise Crayons' mommy

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    Hi - does anyone know how much surgery is for puppy umblical hernia? One of our pups needs surgery...but they're going to do it with the neuter surgery.
     
  2. It won't increase the cost of the neuter by very much.
    Speak to your vet about it.
     
  3. Gallien Jacks

    Gallien Jacks New Member

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    Yep it depends on the vet, but usually its fairly simple, but needs to be treated
     
  4. yuckaduck

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    Are you sure it is an umbilical hernia? Yukon had one of those and they just left it. He has a small bump there but it closed on its own. Vet said it had nothing to do with gentetics, it was from mom pulling to hard on the cord.
    Faith has one too. We will leave it for it to close on its own too.

    I have never had to go to surgury as an option!

    Good Luck!
     
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    Well, it can depend, an umbilical hernia is a pad of fat or part of an abdominal organ protrudes through an incompletly-closed umbilical ring. the tendency for the umbilical ring not to close properly is hereditary in some breeds. some say that they are cause buy the bitch pulling on the cord but this is now largely discredited. A small umbilical hernia is likely to disappear as the puppy gets older. However if a bitch puppy has a large hernia, or one that can be pushed back in with a finder then a vet should be consulted, how old is your pup?
     
  6. yuckaduck

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    I assumed when it said going to fix during neuter it was a male pup because you neuter a male and spay a female. I could have assumed wrong.

    I agree if you can push your finger through it needs to be attended too. Yukon's was small, and so far looks like Faith's is too. Hard to say because she is so small. Time will tell, when she goes for her vaccines it can be checked again then.
     
  7. chadanddenise

    chadanddenise Crayons' mommy

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    This is one of our 7 week old pups. Three of them actually have it, but only one has it bad enough to need surgery. The vet didn't say much about it - I asked if it could have been prevented and he said this type of hernia is usually hereditary and the pups with it shouldn't be bred, nor the parents again. They are otherwise very healthy...and he said great things about them...but he didn't elaborate much on this. Just said the earliest they would take care of it was 4 months and that they would neuter (yes, it's a male pup) it early and do it then...unless it becomes an emergency before then. It's 1 cm...and reading online I found a lot about it and how usually they leave it alone if it's under 1.5 cm, but no one mentioned how much it cost or how risky the surgery was.
     
  8. yuckaduck

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    Honestly I think you should follow the vets advice. That is the professional here not us. I doubt it will be too much more expensive but if you call and ask they should be able to tell you. Good Luck!
     
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    our little mixed breed female had one. got fixed when she got spayed at 6 months. think it cost about $25 plus the spay surgery, may have even been less but Im sure it depends on the vet. we were told it is not necassary, just a cosmetic surgery. we almost didnt do it but since they were already doing surgery and didnt need extra anesthesia or a seperate insision to go ahead and do it.
     
  10. chadanddenise

    chadanddenise Crayons' mommy

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    Thanks everybody, I really appreciate everyone's help! - we'll definetely do it - I just wasn't sure if it would be hundreds of dollars so I could plan for something like that.

    This is what it looks like - it's basically an "out-ty" belly button - but apparently the intestines can get trapped in there...

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    And this is what it looks like on one of the puppies who doesn't need surgery (might need it if it doesn't heal on it's own - but it's more like a pimple size) - by the way, that's one of the other puppies' heads on this puppies' belly - they were sleeping when I took this!
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    I'm with Yucka ...I had one pup ( sold) that had one, but it went away on it's own.
     
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    My puppy had a small umbilical hernia too and we had it closed when she was spayed. Since it was small, she may not have really needed it but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I think it cost somewhere around $40. I guess the thing is, if it doesn't close on its own, your pup will have to have additional surgery somewhere down the line so may as well take care of it while he is under for the neutering.

    Pam
     
  13. yuckaduck

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    The bigger one you are showing in your picture is what Yukon's was like. It closed fine on its own.

    The small one is what Faith has and since she is 4 weeks old now, she will be left. The option is always there to have it fixed when she is spayed but that will not be for a while and I suspect it will be closed on its own by then.
     
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    I guess its a personal choice but I wouldnt breed form a bith that had this problem, its just another thing to worry about with the pups
     
  15. yuckaduck

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    No me either! Faith is a mutt anyway so for she she will be spayed, just not today. She is 4 weeks old. But when she is 4-6 months she will be spayed, that is the vets advice on when the best time is.
     
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    yep a lot of vets say around 6 months for a large breed before the first season
     
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    chadanddenise Crayons' mommy

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    It would be wonderful if these healed on their own!!! Each of the puppies and the mama are being spayed/neutered. I wanted to make sure their new families had an idea of the cost and this gives me another reason to make sure they follow through. Thanks again.
     

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