(Closed) Umbilical Hernia in Pup? (somewhat long)

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9 posts

I adopted a puppy that seemed to have the same issue. I was told it was a herniated belly button (umbilical cord). I was told that it wasn’t an issue and that they would fix it when she was neutered. I would ask Banfield Vet’s why they didn’t remove it when the puppy was being neutered, especially if you had already talked to them about the issue previously. I am wondering if they didn’t do the procedure while your pup was being neutered since neutering is covered by the pet insurance. Maybe they wanted you to have to pay twice. Regardless, I would talk to vet again and if they require you to pay for it and have a second procedure, I might call around for another vet.

Post # 4
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I have heard more complaints about Banfield than compliments.  I would seek out a vet with an estblished, private practice.


My golden had a different kind of hernia as a puppy.  He had emergency surgery at a vet trauma center for it.  He was basically suffocating very, very slowly.  It was horrible.  The first vet I saw blew it off.  The second took an xray, realized he was dying, and got us a bed at the trauma center. 

I don’t know how dangerous the more comonn hernia is, the one your pup has, but I would get a 2nd opinion right away.

Post # 5
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My pup had an umbilical hernia as well from birth. When she was spayed, they removed it as it was along the same incision line and they only had to make it slightly longer. If your pup is a male and was neutered, I cannot see how this would be the same operation as it would need two seperate incisions, but I could be wrong.

Post # 8
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

With a neuter, it would most likely be a separate incision (vs a spay where it’s the same), but the surgery is generally very simple to fix. I’m a vet and I always fix them when I have them anesthetized for their spay or neuter. You should talk to your vet at Banfield and they should fix it for you; I’m not sure why they wouldn’t do it under the same anesthesia as the neuter surgery, that makes no sense whatsoever.

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