Hernias in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $700-$2,500

About hernias in dogs

A hernia is an abnormal opening in the body, through which tissues can pass and reach other body parts. In dogs, hernias usually occur in the groin area near the rear legs or the chest. Most hernias are caused by genetic factors and are seen in puppies less than 1-year-old. In some cases, hernias are the result of a traumatic event (e.g. being hit by a car). If you notice a swelling in the groin area or serious vomiting, you should take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

Types of hernias commonly seen in dogs:

  • Diaphragmatic hernia. The liver and/or stomach pass through diaphragm opening to thorax cavity.
  • Hiatal. The stomach contents pass through diaphragm.
  • Inguinal hernia. Occurs in the groin area.
  • Perineal hernia. The abdominal contents pass from a pelvis tear to the anus.
  • Umbilical hernia. There is an opening in the belly button area and abdominal organs can move and be trapped under the skin.

Symptoms of canine hernias

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Swelling

Treatment for dog hernias 

Most hernias need surgical treatment. If possible, the veterinarian will surgically replace the organs and close the opening.

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