Dog Hernia

Dog Hernia

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
  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent urination attempts
  • Bloody urine
  • Decreased appetite
  • Depression

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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    Brandy's MOM 10/31/2016 at 9:46 pm

    One day I noticed a swelling just under my dog, Brandy’s belly button. I watched for a few days to see if it would go away on its own. It got slightly bigger and started turning an angry red, so I took Brandy to the vet. He diagnosed it as an Umbilical Hernia and said that surgery was the best option because they could lead to complications. Brandy was insisting on her daily walk within a day of the surgery.

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