We brought our puppy home from the breeder's Sunday night. Monday night we noticed a little ball on her stomach, back far enough to almost be between her hind legs. I emailed the breeder about it and googled the description. I think it's a hernia, we made an appointment with the vet (called today, appointment is tomorrow).
The breeder emailed last night and said that the puppy went to the vet December 9th and he didn't see anything wrong with her. I emailed her today to let her know we were taking the puppy to the vet and that I thought it was a hernia, after looking at hernia pictures on the internet.
She called while we were signing paperwork to refinance our mortgage and left a message, saying that she hadn't checked her email yet, but that she talked to the vet and he didn't recall seeing anything wrong with her and that we could call the vet and talk to him ourselves. She also said that she didn't think it was an umbilical hernia and could be a pimple. (I hadn't mentioned I thought it was a hernia until the second email, which she wouldn't have read since she said she hadn't checked her email today).
It definitely isn't a pimple, it's the size of a pencil eraser, but longer than just the pink part of the eraser.
I've read that some hernias go away on their own, and others can be fixed when the dog is spayed. Apparently the breeder's vet said that hernias can pop up at any time in a puppy (our puppy is 11 weeks old). We're obviously going to be asking our vet tomorrow, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with puppy hernias. I really hope that this isn't something the puppy came to us with, but at the same time, don't know what to do if she did.