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My Maltese Shitize is 13 years old weighs 9 kg and has a

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My Maltese Shitize is 13 years old weighs 9 kg and has a hernia lump on her left rear.
The lump is on her bum. What kind of cost am I looking at for her surgery.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now since you referred to the lump as a hernia, I do suspect Misty has a perineal hernia that needs surgical correction. While it can look like a lump, it really isn't one. Instead its actually a condition where the muscles around the rectum soften. When that happens the the abdominal contents (ie gut, bladder, etc) are able to push into that area of weakened muscle and that appears to be a bulge.

With that in mind, as I am sure you can appreciate, this isn't a straight forward surgical procedure. Her vet cannot just remove the lump but instead has to repair those weakened muscles to prevent her other organs from pushing through it. This is actually quite complicated and is an operation that few general practice vets actually do. Instead, this is often a surgery referred to specialists and I can say that they can change between $2000-3000 for the operation.

So, if this is a lump and you said hernia by mistake; then the estimate may be a bit high. But if this is a perineal hernia that needs correcting, then the estimate your vet gave is actually quite reasonable for the surgical work they will have to do. That said, if you feel it is too much for you, you can ring your other local vets for an estimate. You may find a practice that can offer you the operation for less. And if you do, they may be your best avenue for having this done or your own vet may even price match that for you.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

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