GLORY RIDGE SHIH-TZU INFORMS ON
HERNIA'S IN SHIH-TZU
INGUINAL HERNIAS are
prevalent in shih-tzu. A weak area (hole) in the inguinal region allows a small
amount of fat to pass into a small sac creating a visible "bulge". In male
puppies the fat may pass into the scrotal sac. Small hernias containing only
fat do not present a health hazard. Small hernias generally "close up" with
maturity as the muscles surrounding the hole grow together.
UMBILICAL HERNIAS are also prevalent in short faced breeds.
A weak area (hole) in the abdominal wall at the umbilicus allows a small amount of fat to pass into a pocket under the skin. This creates a small bulge over the "belly button". Very small umbilical hernias close with maturity. Vets can injects them with iodine under the skin to create a scarring to help close them faster. Large hernias are surgically closed at neutering/spaying by your vet. There will be swelling on the incisional area for a couple of weeks. This is normal. Once operated on, they cause no further problem. It is like sewing a split seem in your jeans. If you don't and your chubby, the fat will hang out. Once sewed, your back "together'. So relax!
WE NO LONGER REPAIR HERNIA'S
ON OUR PUPS.
YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR VET FIX THEM UPON STERILIZATION.