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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My 2 year old lachon could be pregnant ,but she has a umbilical

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My 2 year old lachon could be pregnant ,but she has a umbilical hernia what do I do ,o late for morning after pill ,I was away for aweek when it happend ? The other dog is a pomerainian about 2 years old .
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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While it's ideal to repair an umbilical hernia prior to pregnancy, a small hernia in which a sliver of fat has protruded through the midline may not present a problem as the abdomen expands. If there's already a larger weakened area of musculature, however, having that type of hernia repaired sooner than later would be prudent. I would be pleased to take a look at that area if you could upload a photo to our conversation. You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (not if you're using the chrome browser) or you can use an external app such as imgur.com or dropbox.com I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
http://imgur.com/MfX9CIL
http://imgur.com/c6HwJly
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.

Thank you! I hate to be a pest but could you take a close-up (a macro)of that area please? Most important, when you poke it, can you reduce it in size?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
http://m.imgur.com/upload
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Please click "linked BB Code" on the imgur site so that this link can be opened in our conversation. Note that your previous links weren't m.imgur.com/upload suffixes. Also, please let me know if this hernia is reducible.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
I have to leave my computer for a few hours but I promise to reply as soon as I return.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
http://imgur.com/e5aJlw5
The lump is squishy but fairly hard you couldn't push it back in ,but it also doesn't bother her when you touch it .
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Excellent! That represents entrapped fat. It's very unlikely that it would enlarge when her abdomen enlarged because the fat is adhesed to the edges of the hernia. I would ordinarily repair such a hernia when I spayed my patient. To be prudent you could have it repaired now but there's no immediacy to do so.
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