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  Umbilical Hernia

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Umbilical Hernia

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Umbilical Hernia occurs when the ring within the umbilical cord which passes nutrition, blood and oxygen from mother to fetus fails to close.  Normally this area generally closes after the birth.  In some cases it does not and a bit of intestine or omentum (a slippery thin sheet of tissue which is present in the abdomen, its surfaces produce serous fluid which lubricates the abdominal organs and makes it possible for them to slide against each other without rubbing) protrudes through the abdominal wall without any rupture of the skin.  It can be attributed to heredity or caused by the umbilical cord being severed to close to the abdomen wall. 

In some cases this is not always a true hernia.  Some breeders recommend placing the puppy on its back while gently massaging the fat through the opening while the puppy is growing at least once a day, it may just be slow in closing.  This will reduce the tissue escaping through the opening allowing the ring to close.  In other situations it is a true hernia were you run the risk of a portion of the intestine becoming strangulated in the protruding tissue.  This is a serious problem that will require surgery.  Other times it may just be the omentum is entrapped in a bubble outside the essentially closed body wall.  Very tiny holes with a small bubble of omentum do not require surgery.  However, larger holes should be surgically closed to prevent the intestine becoming strangulated.  This corrective surgery may be done when spaying or neutering.

It is advised that breeders remove this line from their breeding program.  As with any other polygenic trait it can be eliminated by progeny testing.

Links to sites about this disease:

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www.showdogsupersite.com/kenlclub/breedvet/umbilical.html

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www.barkbytes.com/medical/med0068.htm

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www.merckvetmanual.com

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www.canineonline.com/articles/archived_articles/dogtales6.htm

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www.griffonpoint.com/health.htm#umbilical
 

bullethttp://www.showdogsupersite.com/kenlclub/breedvet/umbilical.html
bullethttp://www.barkbytes.com/medical/med0068.htm
bullethttp://www.nb.net/~jolanes/hernia.htm

 

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