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    Hernias in Dogs

    Hernias in dogs are common conditions where internal body parts push through weakened muscles or body walls. They can be congenital (present at birth) or result from trauma, such as accidents. While some hernias show no or minimal symptoms, you might notice swelling in your dog’s belly, groin, or bottom. Genetic factors contribute to over 90% of hernias, but trauma can also play a role.


    Types of hernias and treatment in dogs

    Umbilical hernias: Common and appear as a soft swelling around the belly button. Surgical repair is usually straightforward, with recovery in 7-10 days. Perineal hernias: Affect the bottom of older dogs, especially unneutered males. Surgery is necessary to prevent organ entrapment, with post-operative care involving antibiotics and pain relief. Costs around £929. Inguinal hernias: Found in the groin area, more common in older females. Surgery via abdominal incision is required to repair potential organ entrapment. Recovery typically takes 10 days, with a cost of £469. Diaphragmatic hernias: Result from trauma, causing a tear between abdominal and thoracic cavities. Emergency surgery is needed, and prognosis depends on lung and organ damage. Costs around £1599. Hiatal hernia: Rare, with the upper stomach protruding into the chest cavity. Medical treatment includes acid-blocking medications, and severe cases may require surgery. Hernias after spaying: Uncommon, may occur due to a weakness in the suture line or overexertion post-surgery. In many cases, no treatment is needed, but surgery may be recommended in some instances.

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