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Perineal Hernia in Dogs

Treatment

 

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.

 

Living and Management 

 

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.

 

Prevention

 

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.