You've probably heard humans talk about hernias before but I feel like they're one of those things where you hear about often but probably don't know what it actually means. Well, in layman's terms, a hernia is basically when organs push through holes in muscles or tissues that hold them in place.
The most common hernia is something called an umbilical hernia which is otherwise known as a belly-button hernia. Last week, a kitty came into the PPAC with a swelling in their abdomen that was HUGE—four inches in length and two in width. While it may not sound huge in human terms, think about that surface area on a cat—it's significant. Well, after Dr. S. looked everything over, it seemed like the cat, who happened to be an outdoor kitty, most likely jumped over a fence and got a tummy tear in the process.
All evidence pointed to a hernia so Dr. S. anesthetized the poor guy, made an incision and not surprisingly, found intestines poking out through the body wall. He poked them right back in where they belonged and sutured the kitty up. The kitty is on the mend now that his organs are back in place!
Bottom line, if you see a swelling but otherwise your pet seems calm and healthy, it could be a hernia so swing by the PPAC to get it checked out.
Til' next time,