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Surgery is often recommended to repair the hernia damage, but only for animals that are in stable condition. Following surgery, the rectum is very sensitive, and laxatives, stool softeners, and enemas may help not only maintain stool consistency, but improve the comfort of the animal when defecating.
There is a high incidence of infection associated with this type of surgery, so extreme attention to recovery care is recommended afterwards. Common surgical complications can include infection, fecal incontinence, recurrence, and full or partial paralysis of the nerve endings surrounding the surgical site.
This disease is extreme rare for dogs that are neutered, so full castration is a preventative measure. No other means of prevention are currently known.
The term for the hip and related area
The very end of the large intestine
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it
The muscle in the abdomen that aids in breathing
The wasting away of certain tissues; a medical condition that occurs when tissues fail to grow.