Umbilical hernia is a health problem that is marked by the protrusion of the omentum and intestine through a hernia close to the navel, in the abdominal wall. Generally, after birth, it tends to correct itself. With this type of hernia, an opening in the muscle wall possibly lets the abdominal contents of a dog to protrude. Although, it is actually the protrusion of the abdominal organs, abdominal fat, or abdominal lining through the site surrounding the navel (umbilicus) of a dog.
These are often genetic conditions, and are found most commonly in the breeds:
- Airedale Terrier
With this condition, there is an opening in the muscle wall at the dog’s navel potentially allowing contents of the dog’s abdomen to protrude.
It is a protrusion of the abdominal lining, abdominal fat, or abdominal organs through the area around the umbilicus (navel). This condition is the failure of the umbilical ring to close after birth. An umbilical ring is there in all dogs prior to birth, and lets nutrients flow to the fetus from the umbilical blood vessels. After birth, this opening closes on its own in healthy dogs. It is unknown why in some dogs the umbilical ring fails to close.
Genetics can be a factor. Although not the sole cause, umbilical hernias are sometimes genetic conditions and are most commonly found in some breeds. These are the Airedale Terrier, Pekinese, Maltese and Basenji breeds. It is possible that through generations this condition may be hereditary.
Are Umbilical Hernias of Multiple Types?
Yes. These can be of two types:
These are generally smaller in size. For a reducible umbilical hernia, a veterinary doctor can push the protrusion. Usually abdominal fat or lining in this case – back into the abdomen. Inflammation of the area is generally the only noticeable symptom in such cases.
This type is usually bigger in size, and is typically firm and larger than the reducible umbilical hernia. At times, inside the hernia, the intestines or one or more abdominal organs might be found.
By the time that a dog is 6 months old, the site of hernia will close on its own. If it does not, then a vet can decide the next course of action – which may include surgery.
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