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I have a choc male pup, going on 6 weeks. We noticed today he has a cyst on him where the cord would have been. Been having litters of labs for almost 20 years, and never had this to happen. Does anyone have any advice.
 

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a cyst or a hernia?
hernias aren't that uncommon- the vet will fix it when he is neutered - simple surgery generally - just involves stitching the muscle together so the innards can't poke out - when I have an animal with a hernia I spend a LOT of time reducing it (pushing it back inside the body) so that complications are less likely
there is a genetic component to umbilical hernias ..so he probably should be neutered
 

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Just got back from the vet, the poor little thibg does have a hernia. His mon bite the cord too close is what he said. We raised around 80 pups in the past 20 years and this was the fisrt time this has happened. Did I say poor little thing. He might be little, but has big lungs.
 

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it wont bother him a bit
I actually found this thread to add - take him to the vet - so I am glad you did!
the older view was that it is a maternal instinct gone overboard
some recent work suggests there is a genetic component (this from my vet who was reading an article on it recently)
a puppy we c-sectioned in august has a hernia and I KNOW I left over an inch of cord on him - so for him it obviously had nothing to do with mom!
 

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Umbilical hernias can be a result of too much pulling on the umbilical cord either by the breeder or the ***** chewing the cord. It can also happen during a C section when trying to get the pups out as quick as possible.

So it is not necessarily a genetic issue.
 

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Snowco Labradors said:
Umbilical hernias can be a result of too much pulling on the umbilical cord either by the breeder or the ***** chewing the cord. It can also happen during a C section when trying to get the pups out as quick as possible.

So it is not necessarily a genetic issue.
I didn't actually say it was genetic - I said there was a genetic component
the csection was one single puppy - so while we were working quickly there was no grabbing rush to yank the puppy from the sac too quickly - I'm pretty sure, in this case, it was genetic
 
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