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We are considering adopting a 10 week old male boston pup with a small umbilical hernia. He was just taken to the vet for a routine checkup. Very healthy except for the hernia. I've attached a pic of it. The vet said it's small and may or may not close up on its own. A surgical intervention may be needed at the time it's ready to be neutered (can be done at the same time).

Considering we are long term owners of a 14 year old boston who never had any health problems, will this umbilical hernia have any ramifications in his health in the short or long term?

Anyone know if this is a common occurrence and if it's an easy procedure to correct. We ready like this pup but want to make sure it's something that's relatively benign. He will only be a family pet, no plans on using him as a stud.

Also, if a surgical repair is necessary, how much on average would it cost?

Thanks in advance.
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They are fairly common , and in a lot of cases, it's because the bitch chews the umbilical cord too close to the pup after whelping. Small ones typically aren't too problematic. Larger ones, on the other hand, can be serious, as a bowel loop could get trapped in it. Your vet can give you a better idea of how concerning your pup's is.

Surgery costs can vary widely across the country, and also depend on how involved the surgery is, so your vet would be your best source for costs. Having it done in conjunction with another surgery, like a neuter, can lower the cost, as well as reduce the number of times the pup needs to be anesthetized.
 
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