How serious is an umbilical hernia in a puppy? Most umbilical hernias pose no health threats. “In rare cases, a portion of the intestines or other tissues can be trapped and become strangulated.” In rare cases, a portion of the intestines or other tissues can be trapped and become strangulated (blood flow is cut off to the tissue, causing its death).
Is it OK to buy a puppy with a hernia? While some hernias result from trauma causing a tear in the muscle, most puppy hernias are congenital problems. This is where the muscle fails to develop properly. There may be a genetic element to this condition, as some breeds appear more susceptible. So it is advisable not to breed from a dog with a hernia.
Will umbilical hernia go away on puppy? If your dog has an umbilical hernia, when your dog lies on his back, you can feel a small opening at the umbilicus site. If it is the size of the end of your pinkie finger at 8 weeks of age, it is usually not a problem. Many of these small hernias will close up on their own by 6 months of age.
At what age should umbilical hernia be repaired in puppies? In most pets, this is done at about 6 months of age during a spay or neuter procedure (remember, these pets should not be bred). This is a simple, routine procedure where the opening of the hernia is permanently closed.