View Full Version : Help is it a hernia!!!!!

31st May 2007, 02:30 AM
Hey Guys,

I am the proud mum of a beautiful 9 week old Cav Chelsea Cheesecake. However I am a bit worried as she has a lump on her tummy (bellybutton area). I am worried that this is a hernia? I was looking through the owner and puppy photo's and saw a puppy being held by her mum and she too had a bump on her tummy. Is it normal for little girl Cav's to have a lump on their tummies? I am taking her to the vet tomorrow to be safe. But thought someone on this site may have some advice also?

Bright Blessings!
Chelsea's Mum

31st May 2007, 02:45 AM
It sounds like it could be a hernia, but your vet will be able to tell you for sure. If it is, don't get too fretfull as they are easily repaired & often done at the same time as the spaying (if it is being done).

31st May 2007, 05:11 AM
like caraline said, it sounds like an umbilical hernia but the vet will tell you for sure. indy had one and i thought it was an 'outie' bellybutton until the vet told us what it was :rolleyes: it's no problem. indy's was fixed when he got neutered and it was a very simple procedure including a couple of stitches.


31st May 2007, 05:41 AM
:thnku: So I guess its Just what i thought :(

So was the neutering operation major? i will get Chelsea neutered, can you tell me when this should be done and if the recovery is lengthy. I hate forcing major surgery on my baby :cry*ing:

31st May 2007, 06:03 AM
Alot of dog's get spayed (desexed) it's not a major surgery. She should be in and out of the vets in one day :) when the vet spays her they can just simply remove her umbilical hernia all at the sam time. She will probabley need to take it easy for a few day's until the stitches are ready to be removed.

31st May 2007, 10:56 AM
Freddie has that lump on his belly area as well, the vet said that it could develop into a hernia but it never has, i was told to just watch it!

31st May 2007, 12:07 PM
If it is a bump and you cannot feel a kind of hole there, then this is really very normal with this breed. Many, maybe most, cavalier puppies start with hernias that heal over and also get kind of absorbed in -- they can really sick out initially and then totally vanish by the time they are 6 months plus. The very few that remain open do often need surgery and this is generally done at the same time as a neuter. Most vets don't want to operate anyway til they are over 6 months hence it coincides generally with when people neuter.

31st May 2007, 12:49 PM
My 8 month old puppy has a hernia. When the vet saw him, we were told it was 'medium sized' and would need an operation in the future.

However, it did not grow with him and looks ever so tiny now. It's not even worth operating on!

1st June 2007, 12:20 AM
Thank you so much for your advice! I feel better now.
This forum is priceless!
:w*w: :thnx:

1st June 2007, 01:03 AM
I think it might have been my picture you saw holding Bella - her hernia is pretty noticeable in the one pic. If you pups bump looks like that it is most likely a hernia. I'm told its not a big deal so I wouldn't worry about it!

1st June 2007, 06:26 AM
Yes it was Bella that I noticed the hernia on - it looks exactly like Chelsea's. Im glad it isn't a big deal and now know it is very common in Cav's so Im not worried. Your photo's are soooo beautiful - thanks for your reply.

1st June 2007, 05:31 PM

Sounds like an umbilical hernia to me, these are caused when the ring of muscle around the umbilical cord fails to tighten and shut the gap after the stump falls off, some people believe they are caused by the Mum pulling too hard on the cord when the pups are born, but I have had pups delivered by c-section that have had them so that isn't strictly true.

As a rule of thumb if you can't feel a hole behind it or push it back in (I know sounds gross!) then it is nothing to worry about!

Here in the UK we are supposed to tell our new puppy owners about these things and even declare them on the receipt with the new owner signing to say this has been brought to their attention and that they have been given advice about it too. So I am a little surprised that your breeder did not draw your attention to this!!

Hope this has been of help?

gramercy girl
1st June 2007, 06:27 PM
maggie is going for her spay and hernia repair next week. i'll let you know how it goes!

4th June 2007, 12:14 AM
Hello Puppy Pals,

I took Chelsea to the vet on Saturday and he advised that it is normal and that she is perfectly fine - all of your advice was spot on. My vet said that it will be fixed up when she is de sexed. I have felt the lump and there is no hole so I am relieved.

Thank you all for your excellent advice!!

:snap: I will post more photo's of my Chelsea Cheesecake soon.

Laurie (Chelsea's Mum)

Scouty girl
6th June 2007, 01:54 PM
I think Chelsea Cheesecake is just the cutest name!!!

6th June 2007, 02:01 PM
Good to hear that the vet has reassured you that it is no biggie! :cool: