chihuahua puppy with pea like lump in belly
my 12 week old chihuahua female has got a pea like lump in umbilical area.
This is most likely a 'hernia' (although the correct terms is an 'incomplete closure' as it's not a true hernia), which is formed when the abdominal muscles don't knit together properly.
Sometimes it's a genetic thing, other times it can be caused by the momma dog being too rough when she bites through the umbilical cord etc.
It's actually pretty common and generally nothing to worry about. If it's been present since birth, your puppy may 'grow out' of this and the opening will close up naturally. If this doesn't happen your vet can close it up surgically if he feels it is necessary - it's a very simple surgery and just a couple of tiny stitches.
However, depending on how big the opening in the muscle wall is, your vet may not think it necessary to do surgery. Most times these little openings cause no long term problems. But, occasionally a piece of the bowel or colon drops down through the gap (what you feel now is usually just a little bit of fat tissue), and if this gets trapped it can become a serious problem.
Signs of this are that the lump is hard, painful for your pup if touched, and it can't be gently pushed back inside the abdominal cavity. Also, panting, pacing, whining, straining as though constipated and possibly vomiting, are other signs of problems. If you ever notice any of these get your pup immediate veterinary attention.
I'd recommend that you discuss this with your vet and have him take a look at the 'hernia', he will be best able to advise you if any action is needed.
Best of luck with your pup.
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