Dog Hernia Surgery

Umbilical hernias in dogs are common and easy to fix.


Q. My dog is having surgery for a hernia soon. Is this a fairly common surgery?

A. A hernia is an out-pouching of the abdominal contents through a weak spot in the body wall. Many dogs are born with umbilical hernias, where there is a bulging out at the site of the umbilical cord.
Let’s assume your dog has an umbilical hernia. Surgery for umbilical hernias is fairly routine and rarely leads to any complications. The procedure involves closing the hole around the hernia with a “purse-string” suture, which pulls the hole together when it is tightened up.
However, other types of hernias, such as inguinal hernias or body wall hernias, are usually caused by a traumatic event, such as being hit by a car. These can be very challenging to repair in cases of severe trauma. Sometimes, synthetic mesh is required to close the hole in the body wall if the muscle has been too badly damaged.
Jon Geller, DVM


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Kay   Waycross, Georgia

12/9/2014 5:31:42 AM

My small mix breed male dog had a perinerial hermia repair in Mar 14. It is back and bigger than ever. No change in eating or activity. His scruff on his chect and the rest of his hair lloks greasy all the time, though. Still does not squall when he poops. Just can't afford surgery right now. Last one was over $650.

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Mary   Tiburon, California

4/9/2013 8:20:23 PM

My puppy had surgery to repair an umbilical hernia when he was spayed about six months ago. Now the hernia is back! How common is it to have one of these open up again?

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Bret   wichita, KS

10/24/2011 7:48:46 AM

Well...look @ that!! This lady that is probably one of the 3 stupid drivers that hit my dog.. she still gets in her car and poses a threat to every dog or kid walking around!!!! Get a grip on yourself and start walking instead of driving your stupid soccer mom SUV... stupid.. I'd love to talk to you face to face...ho3

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Mary   Thousand Oaks, CA

9/7/2011 11:22:56 AM

People! Get a grip on your selves. This is not the instructions on a package of noodles! Good greif! Would you expect your doctor to diagnos you over the phone without looking at you? Then why would you expect a vet to do so for your dog? Go find a 24 hour vet and pay the price, if you're so worried. This is ridiculous! My chi is in emergency surgury now. I was able to see that he needed it. His herniated sac had turned purple and was slightly bigger, but he lasted the Labor Day weekend till Tuesday morning, and no, he didn't feel like running around. And if you are wondering what it feels like and don't have one yourself, go get your apendix removed and see how that feels. Now try to ask intelligent questions. We don't want to hear how you let your neice play with your dog who just had surgery. That's on you.

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