Puppy Hernia Explained: What It Is and What to do to Help Your Pup

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What is a puppy hernia?

If your pup used to have a small hernia but you start to struggle to find it, it might have closed on its own.

What other types of hernias can dogs get?

Groin (Inguinal hernia)

Diaphragm (Diaphragmatic or hiatal hernia)

Bottom (Perineal hernia)

A hernia becomes a health risk to your dog if the hole is too small and restricts the blood flow to the hernial sac.

Can a puppy hernia affect your dog’s health?

What are the signs that your dog’s hernia is causing a problem?

What are the treatment options for puppy hernias?


Surgical repair

Emergency surgery

If your puppy's hernia is large or non-reducible, the veterinarian may recommend an operation to repair the hernia.

Can puppy hernias be prevented?

So, what does it mean if my puppy has a hernia?


Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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