Most people are familiar with hernias in humans, but when a dog has a hernia, the diagnosis can be a little more complicated. This article will clear up whether you need to get your dog into the vet for a hernia issue.
About Hernias in Dogs
A hernia occurs when there is an opening in the body, through which other tissue passes and reaches parts of the body where they do not belong. Dog hernias are most common from the chest down to the groin. Most hernias are caused by genetic factors and are seen in puppies that are one year old or less.
In some cases, hernias are the result of a traumatic event (e.g., being hit by a car). If the groin area has abnormal looking swelling or is accompanied by serious vomiting, you should take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.
Types of Hernias Commonly Seen in Dogs
- Diaphragmatic Hernia: The diaphragm has an opening through which the liver or stomach can pass through to the thorax cavity.
- Hiatal: The upper part of the stomach passes through the diaphragm.
- Inguinal Hernia: Occurs in the groin area.
- Perineal Hernia: A problem with the pelvic floor, can contain parts of the lower digestive system.
- Umbilical Hernia: Typically showing up under the belly button, abdominal organs can move and be trapped under the skin.
Symptoms of Canine Hernias
- Loss of appetite
Treatment for Dog Hernias
Most hernias need surgical treatment. If possible, the veterinarian will surgically replace the organs and close the opening.
Treating a dog hernia isn’t a cheap operation. Depending on the severity, it could end up being a big bill. You shouldn’t have to worry about paying for the health of your dog.
Cost of Treatment: $700-$2,500
This is why pet health insurance plans are becoming popular among pet owners. These policies are just like your health insurance plan. If you have to go to the vet, the pet health insurance company will cover parts of the expenses.
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