|Barked: Fri Aug 23, '13 12:03pm PST |
|I did alot of research and talking with vets about this, as the rottweiler puppy I had been going to get (but turned down beacuse of it, stupid me), along with Dante, had an umbilical hernia. Now the big thing is to determine whether it is an umbilical for sure, and not a "true" hernia. If he hadn't had it before then i don't know that it would be umbilical, as it is generally caused by trauma at the cutting. Vs true hernias can be genetic and cause health concerns.
Anyway Dante is not getting neutered so there was no age to wait for him to have it fixed. I wanted it fixed asap so as not to cause any problems. He had his surgery I believe around 12 weeks and it did great. Looked a little funny healing the last week cuz his fat puppy belly was pushing out the staples, but it healed with barely a scar. I could look for the actual receipt but with the blood panel for anethesia, a microchip and the hernia repair, it was under $200. Which was my other reasoning, get it done while he's small, has to be less cost.
As for helping it on it's own, when they're soft like that it's good, I assume it goes away when he rolls over too? Well you can get like a small piece of cardboard or something fairly sturdy that you can tape over it to keep it pushed in. However that will take a while, and good luck keeping tape on a puppy! If you've read about them you probably know when they get hard that's the problem- intestines are coming out of the hole then getting blood supply cut off so that can be quite dangerous.
As I said I wasn't neutering so that affected my decision, the vet wanted to do it during that. So i would imagine you're safe waiting a few months, I just wanted to get rid of it ASAP. Though it kinda sorta was a cute little belly button But just keep an eye on it maybe and rest easy, it's a simple procedure
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