View Full Version : Alfie has umbilical Hernia does it look ok? (photo's)

13th June 2007, 06:45 AM
Alfie has an umbilical Hernia. On his vet papers in the abdominal palpitation section the vet has ticked the normal box and wrote small umbilical hernia in the comment box. The vet thinks it will heal on it's own. To me it looks quite large, it's about the size of the tip of my finger. It can also be pushed back into his stomch so you cant see it, but pops back out as soon as Alfie moves. Here is a photo of it, do you think it looks small? and does it look like it will heal on it's own? if not I will have to get it fixed when he gets neutered. I will get my vet to have a look at it when he goes for his next set of shots to get a second opinion. Alfie is still acting like a normal puppy and he eats and goes to the toilet very well so I dont think it's causing him any pain. I just thourght it looked quite large but the vet thinks it's only small :confused: . Do you think his hernia look's and sounds ok? and does anyone have any pics of umbilical hernias? I have only ever seen one on my friends cocker spaniel pup but I dont think her's was as big as Alfie's.
and this is after I pushed it in

13th June 2007, 06:49 AM
It looks ok, just go with what the vet says, he will of seen plenty. He looks so cute laid on his back. lovely pics.

13th June 2007, 06:57 AM
Have faith in your vet! :flwr: And Alfie is a little cutie-pootie.

13th June 2007, 07:04 AM
Robbie had one and my breeder told me to keep pushing it back in so that hopefully as the area healed it would be in..I could never get it pushed in but had it repaired when he was neutered even tho my vet said it probably wouldn't be a problem we figured as long as he was already under we would fix it.

Barbara Nixon
13th June 2007, 07:58 AM
Izzy had one, just like that, for all of his life and never suffered any ill effects. The vet just suggested checking, now and then, to make sure that no intestine got pushed into the bulge, as this would be the only problem.

13th June 2007, 08:21 AM
freddie has one of them ness, once it doesn't gorw any bigger u will be fine!

13th June 2007, 08:06 PM
It's small!! My 9 mth old has one but it did not grow with him. Don't worry!

13th June 2007, 08:18 PM
Chester's looked just like that and the vet fixed it when he was neutered.

13th June 2007, 08:37 PM
I agree, it is only small!! I wouldn't be worrying too much about that, but do watch it though, a hernia you can push back and comes back out again suggests the muscle ring behind it hasn't closed up fully, but No, I wouldn't be worrying about that at all!!

Cute little guy you have there, I love them when they fall asleep on their backs like that, shiny pink tummy up!! Awwwwww Sweet!! :lotsaluv:

14th June 2007, 03:02 AM
We had a poodle growing up who had a hernia that looked just like that. He had it all his life and lived a long and happy life. :)

16th June 2007, 07:31 PM
Charlie's umbilical hernia was about the same size. They told me it would probably fix itself as well. He just went in and got neutered (6 mos), and they fixed the hernia at the same time, since it didn't go away on its own.

26th June 2007, 07:45 AM
My Chelsea has a hernia as well, I was worried at first, but advice from my vet and the people on this forum assured me it was nothing to worry about.

Bruce H
26th June 2007, 12:40 PM
Neither of those look too bad. Listen to your vet. Now having said that, every now and then one of our puppy people will tell us their vet wants to fix a hernia. When we look at it, if we don't think it needs fixing, we tell them to get a second opinion. Seems to be a few vets out there that want to fix any hernia.

Umbilical hernias are somewhat common in this breed. I would guess maybe 15% to 20% of our puppies have one to start out. Most go away on their own or are small enough to not be a problem. As far as I know we have only had 2 or 3 over the years that had to be fixed.