My friend said she saw a dog with a hernia as large as a good egg, that had a litter of puppies and no problems. My vet said that if I chose to breed Tori, I should have them fix the hernia around six months old -- same time as they would have recommended spaying her. I just never bred her.
It seems like a pretty easy repair though, they usually do it while spaying with no major issues.
And, they can surgically implant sperm, and I watched this procedure the other day, they make about a two inch incision pull out the uterine horns and use a needle to inject the sperm, then they sew everything up. So I suppose they could fix a hernia after she is pregnant.
I would go with whatever the vet said. I would let the bitch-owner make decisions about her bitch.
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