Cost of Treatment: $775 to $1,900
What it is: A hernia involves the protrusion of the abdominal contents through the abdominal wall in the groin area. Dogs may be born with this hereditary condition or develop it later in life. Contributing factors can be trauma, pregnancy or obesity. Swelling may be the only symptoms for hernias classified as uncomplicated, while complicated hernias may bring on more severe symptoms.
- Soft swelling of groin area on one or both sides
- Painful swelling that’s warm to the touch
- Frequent urination attempts
- Bloody urine
- Decreased appetite
Treatment: Surgery is required for complicated hernia or when your vet needs to close the opening or attach the dog’s stomach to the abdominal wall. For hernias to be covered by dog health insurance plans, you’d want a plan that covers congenital conditions dogs are born with as well as hereditary conditions that can crop up later in life.
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