Daschound dog who is not neutered has a very large hernia

can an anal hernia be drained my 13 yr old male daschound who is not neutered has a very large hernia. i am told the surgery is 4000.00 which i do not have. the sack is large can this be drained some how. my vet checked it and said it is just fluid he is passing his bowel movements and urinating normal. im afraid hes going to have back trouble with this sack that seems heavy thank you

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Perianal hernias are a weakening of the muscles that support the pelvic floor, rectum and anus. They occur more in un-neutered males than in females. When these muscles become weakened a sacculation of the rectum can form allowing feces to be trapped and constipation to occur. If the pelvic floor muscles are weakened contents of the abdomen, like the bladder, can be pushed out into the hernia sac. A hernia isn't a cyst that can be drained; it's just weakened muscles not keeping things where they should be.

    If your dog starts to experience problems with stool collecting in the herniated area, or as prevention, you can add a teaspoon or two of metamucil to each meal to keep stools soft and easy to pass. I don't think the hernia will affect his back.


    Kara, DVM

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