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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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my puppy has a little bubble in her belly that pops in and

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my puppy has a little bubble in her belly that pops in and out
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for the questionCustomer

While I cannot diagnose this over the internet I would say that this is very likely an umbilical hernia { Open belly button }. Most of the umbilical hernias I have seen in my professional life have been nothing to worry about but be aware that there is always a small potential for something to go wrong.

An umbilical hernia is basically a hole in the dog's abdominal muscle where the umbilical cord entered the body, usually this hole closes at birth but sometimes it does not and hence the hernia.

The significance of these hernias depends on their size, if they are very small then nothing much can go wrong and they may be safely left, but if they are bigger then a piece of gut may pass through and a strangulated hernia may result which is a very serious situation.

Some of the smaller ones may close in the early months of life but many do not, but if your dog is going to be spayed it is usually a simple matter to repair the hernia at the same time.

My advice here is simple, you should have your vet check the hernia over, after a hands on examination he or she will be able to tell you in ten seconds what would be the best thing to do.

If I have not covered your question fully enough or you would like to ask more I will be online for the next hour or so and I will be at your disposal.

Scott Nimmo BVMS