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Old 05-21-2009, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So when I got my puppy I immediately noticed there was a bump on his belly. I asked the Vet and he said his umbilical cord might not have healed properly. He also said it shouldn't be an issue, but if for some reason it did become an issue, they could just go in and fix it easy. He also said it might just disappear over time.

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this?
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Minnie has always had an "outie". It doesn't seem to be a problem.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay good. That makes me feel better about it. I wasn't too worried, but itís always nice to have reassurance. =)
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Its called an umbilical hernia, I don't think they pose any problems. My bro-in-law's pittie had one, he decided to have her's corrected when she was spayed since they were already right there.
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Sigurd is 10 weeks old and has a bump where his umbilical cord was.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sigrid has an umbilical hernia, too, and it's big - maybe the size of a small apricot! I've seen worse though. They can get bigger if not treated. I'll have hers closed when they spay her.
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It's not a huge deal (and is common) but I would definitely plan to get it fixed. If intestinal tissue is pushed through the opening it can twist and be quite serious.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: pupresqIt's not a huge deal (and is common) but I would definitely plan to get it fixed. If intestinal tissue is pushed through the opening it can twist and be quite serious.
I almost never disagree with Pupresq, but I personally would not put a healthy male dog through surgery unless he were already undergoing surgery there anyhow. If it's a large hernia and your vet feels it's risky to leave it, that's one thing. But if it's a relatively small "blip" and your vet is unconcerned, then I would leave well enough alone.

Like most things with our dogs, we weigh and balance the risks. But there is no such thing as "routine" or "minor" surgery.
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I think that this is something that could be fixed while your dog is under anesthesia for neutering.

It depends how big the bump is too. My Golden had a bump but it was not an umbilical hernia, it was just a small mark where her umbilical cord was-- about the size of a mosquito bite.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think we probably agree more than we disagree on this one. For most umbilical hernias, they can wait until a dog is altered if the owners is planning to do that at 6-8 months and some will close on their own. For one the size of the apricot... that I'd definitely want to have carefully checked out by a vet and see if they can tell how much of an opening there is on the inside. Mostly what makes the lump is omentum which is a type of abdominal fat, but if intestine gets in there and kinks, it can be life threatening. So, at that point you've got to weigh the pros and cons and I agree - no surgery is without some risk. On the plus side, with the correction surgery they don't have to open up the abdominal wall, so that helps some and is definitely preferable to a major surgery to resection a damaged piece of intestine should that complication happen. I think it all boils down to how big the hole is and then weighing the relative risks.
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