I have a boxer puppy and during her exam the vet found a small hernia by her belly button. My vet wants to fix this when we have her spayed at 6 months of age, but I would prefer to take care of this sooner. Is it normal to wait three months to fix a hernia? I would like to know what you would do.
Lisette, from Pennsylvania
It sounds like your veterinarian diagnosed an umbilical hernia which is usually located at the navel or belly button. A hernia is a protrusion of a body part through an abnormal opening in the body wall. Small hernias may not be dangerous, but large ones can be very serious, sometimes causing severe problems and in some cases even death. Large hernias can entrap organs which can lead to decreased blood flow to that organ. Because this hernia was just noticed and she is already scheduled to have surgery to be spayed in the coming months, I personally agree with your vet. Keep a close eye on the hernia; be attentive to the size of the hernia and your dog’s general behavior and food consumption. If any concerns arise, or your puppy starts to display some unusual behavior or symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. It makes sense to only do one surgery since your vet will be in the abdomen to complete the spay. Repairing umbilical hernias are a common procedure for a veterinarian.
What would you do? Would you take the chance and wait a couple of months or is it too risky? Share your personal opinion on whether or not it's safe to delay the surgery until the puppy is spayed.