How much does hernia surgery cost in dogs?

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In this article, we will discuss hernias in dogs, what is a hernia, which is the most commonly seen and how they are corrected, and how much each surgery cost. 

What is a hernia in dogs?

A hernia occurs when organs or parts of the abdomen usually push through a weaker part of the abdominal muscle or body wall. Many times owners notice something like a small bulge or a ball that is soft and squishy and when touched it goes back inside the abdomen. Some hernias may be internal and they cannot be seen unless certain signs show up that could point out to diagnostics to confirm the existence of a hernia. Hernias can be common in dogs and in many cases they show up after trauma but often they can be seen as a result of a congenital defect. 

5 most common hernias in dogs

Diaphragmatic hernia

This life-threatening situation occurs usually after a trauma like a hit from a car or falling from a height. In this case, due to the pressure, the diaphragm, which is the muscle that divides the abdomen from the thorax and helps in breathing, ruptures, allowing for some of the abdominal organs to move into the thoracic cavity. 

It is usually diagnosed with an X-ray, however, in cases when there is a small tear, it is recommended for the animal be sent for a CT scan. The correction for this pathology is usually with surgery through the abdomen and it should be performed as soon as possible.

In more complicated cases, the dog may need more intensive care and may be hospitalized for several days. 

This type of surgery will cost you around $2500 and $10000 and the expenses usually depend on the complexity of the surgery and the additional hospitalization.

Umbilical hernia

Have you noticed a small soft ball near your dog’s belly button? Ever wondered what this is? Well, this is known as an umbilical hernia and it is one of the most common hernias seen in dogs. This usually happens when fat travels into the hole where the umbilical cord is used to pass and stay there. This type of hernia is usually not life-threatening. However, on rare occasions, it can grow and will require correction with surgery. In some cases, the hole may be bigger and it may require a special mash to be used. 

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This surgery will probably cost you $150 and $400.

Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernia occurs in the groin of usually older females, where the hind leg attaches to the body. This could be a potentially life-threatening situation because the organs that are most commonly found in the hernial sac are the bladder, uterine horn, or bowels. This is corrected with surgery and the vet corrects the other side too because it is not uncommon for the other side to be affected too.

The surgery will probably cost you between $1000 and $4000.

Perineal hernia in dogs

A perineal hernia is usually recognized by the owner as swelling on the dog’s behind. It usually occurs in older dogs, where the musculature has already weakened allowing for some of the abdominal organs to protrude. Since this is a very sensitive area, where a lot of nerves pass by as well as nerve endings, it requires a more delicate surgical approach. 

Correction or perineal herniorrhaphy may cost you between $1000 and $1500.

Hiatal hernia in dogs

This is a situation where abdominal organs protrude in the thoracic cavity through the opening that sits between the abdomen and the thorax, called hiatus. This is a common hernia that is seen in breeds such as the Bulldogs and it usually is congenial. Signs like constant vomiting or regurgitation may suggest the presence of a hiatal hernia.

Hiatal hernia repair will probably cost you between $800 and $2500.