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PERINEAL HERNIA IN
A SHETLAND CROSS
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Case written: Feb 12, 2008
Updated: Feb 19, 2020
is a perineal hernia?
the cause of it?
How can it be treated?
the risks of surgery?
the success rate of the surgery?
the cost of the surgery?
problem recur after the surgery?
can the dog survive if the surgery is not undertaken?
Dr Sing's comments on the gigantic perineal
hernia in the Shetland Cross:
Perineal hernias are best repaired when they are small in size (less than 10 cm across) even though the dog has no problems with urination and defaecation, as the defect is much easier to repair at the early stage. Castration should be done too. The success rate is usually very good. Sometimes, the hernia recurs due to the owner's fault in letting the dog jump soon after the surgery and the vet permitting the owner to take the dog home 1-2 days after surgery to save the owner some veterinary costs.
There is simply no time for the wound to heal. When the hernia recurs, the owner does not want to pay for another surgery as in the case shown below.