Disorder - Umbilical herniaOrgan Systems Involved
Contents of the abdomen protrude out through the umbilical ring (the belly button) but are contained under the skin.
In this disorder a soft mass covered with skin and other tissue protrudes from the underside of the belly where the umbilical cord has been cut. Usually these hernias are small and do not cause a problem. Occasionally a part of the intestine will be in the hernia, and this can cause a painful obstruction to normal bowel function. If this is the case the dog will be vomiting, have abdominal pain, lose its appetite and may be depressed. Some umbilical hernias repair themselves or, being small, don't need to be surgically repaired until the dog is desexed.
Dogs at Risk
American cocker spaniel
Australian cattle dog
Bernese mountain dog
Bouvier de Flandres
Collie (Rough and Smooth)
English springer spaniel
King Charles spaniel
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