What is a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through a hole or weakened area in the body’s muscle or connective tissue. In pets, hernias can occur in a variety of locations, including the abdomen, groin, or diaphragm. Common causes of hernias in pets include trauma, genetics, and obesity.
Symptoms of a Hernia
The symptoms of a hernia can vary depending on the location and severity of the condition, but common signs include:
- Swelling or bulging in the affected area
- Pain or discomfort when touched
- Vomiting or diarrhea (in some cases)
- Difficulty breathing (in the case of a diaphragmatic hernia)
If you suspect that your pet is experiencing a hernia, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away. Delaying treatment can lead to more severe complications, including organ damage and infection.
Hernia Repair Surgery
During hernia repair surgery, our experienced veterinary surgeons will carefully repair the hernia using specialized surgical techniques. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring and pain management.
After the procedure, your pet will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks to allow the surgical site to heal properly. Our veterinary team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions, including information about pain management and monitoring for potential complications.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing your pet with the highest quality of care possible. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing a hernia, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team of veterinary professionals is here to help you and your pet get back to enjoying life together.