Umbilical hernias

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Merlin
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Umbilical hernias

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Would you breed from a bitch with an umbilical hernia , she’s just 7 weeks old and the breeder has just told us that she has one , we didn’t notice anything when we went to see her at 5 weeks old . I had planned to breed from her in the future . She has her health check with the vet tomorrow

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Re: Umbilical hernias

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As far as I know I think around 90% are congenital so there is a clear genetic link and whilst it may pose no physical reason why your bitch can't whelp a litter, you risk her having puppies which all suffer from hernias too and this may mean they need surgery before they can be sold.
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Re: Umbilical hernias

Post by zeta1454 »

Hi Audrey and welcome to the Forum :)

As Julie says, an umbilical hernia can be a hereditary issue and anyone planning on breeding should only be using dogs /bitches without known defects or health issues. It is not uncommon for puppies to develop a small hernia where a tiny amount of fatty tissue protrudes through the umbilical gap. This is not a serious health problem in that a dog can manage without any intervention if the hernia is extremely small but many owners will have surgery carried out to repair the hernia, often as an additional operation when a bitch is spayed for example. Most vets will recommend that a bitch should not be bred from if she has a hernia.

Does the puppy’s breeder know that you intended to breed from her and (if these are miniature schnauzers or Giant Schnauzers) has the litter been eye screened by a veterinary ophthalmologist for hereditary eye conditions and these and other relevant health tests on the parent dogs been carried out beyond the general health check?

https://www.schnauzerclub.co.uk/health.php

It is now also recommended in the U.K. that a DNA test for MAC is carried out on miniature schnauzers before any mating is considered :

http://northernschnauzerclub.co.uk/wp-c ... y-2017.pdf

I realise you were just asking about the hernia but, if you do intend to breed in the future, it is really important that every aspect of health as regards the dogs to be bred from are considered. There are so many dogs bred nowadays without thought for potential health issues that it should be an absolute that only dogs with no known health problems are considered for breeding to try and reduce health issues in the breed generally and the potential distress and financial cost for puppy adopters in dealing with those issues.
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Re: Umbilical hernias

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They go for their get check and eye test tomorrow

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