3 Things To Know About Cat Hernia Surgery


Hernias are not unique to humans. Cats can have hernias, too. While they’re generally pretty uncommon, they are able to be treated with a surgical procedure, whether the hernia is the result of a congenital issue or developed as a result of some type of trauma. 


At Dr. Kelly’s Vet, our surgical unit has extensive experience performing cat hernia surgery, which gives cat owners an added peace of mind. 


When Surgery Is Needed To Repair A Cat Hernia


When internal organs, parts of the intestine or fatty tissue escape a cat’s abdominal cavity, it results in a hernia. If hernias are caught early, recognized by symptoms that include vomiting, blood in the urine, lethargy or a squishy protrusion, they can be treated. However, if they are left untreated, they can prove to be fatal. 


If surgery is needed, veterinarians at Dr. Kelly’s Vet may perform blood work before the procedure to ensure a cat is healthy enough for the hernia surgery, especially if a cat is older or has pre-existing conditions. Sometimes, if treatment for a cat’s hernia isn’t urgently needed, it may be able to wait until a cat has another procedure — such as a spay or neuter surgery. 


Types Of Cat Hernias


Cats experience two types of hernias that we are able to treat at Dr. Kelly’s Vet, including an umbilical hernia or an inguinal hernia.


A hiatal hernia is the most uncommon type of cat hernia and it is known to come and go. 


An umbilical hernia in a cat most times heals on its own. It involves an opening in a muscle wall, which allows organs to pass through, that hasn’t properly closed from birth. Experts agree that most times this type of hernia heals by the time a kitten is four months old. 


An inguinal hernia is a little more uncommon and is most often seen in pregnant cats. Veterinarians are often able to push this type of hernia, located near the cat’s groin area, back into place. However, if intestines become trapped in the muscle wall, blood flow may be at risk and surgery may be necessary. 


What To Expect With Cat Hernia Recovery


As with many surgical procedures for cats, a veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to prevent any post-surgical infections from developing. And, the cat may be required to wear a collar that prevents him or her from licking the incision site. 

In general, cat hernia surgery is viewed as uncomplicated and straightforward, with few complications and a generally positive outcome. With the proper intervention, cat hernias are unlikely to recur and recovery should be smooth. 


Of course, cats aren’t the only pets that experience hernias. If you think your dog may be experiencing a hernia, Dr. Kelly’s offers treatment for canines, too. 


If you suspect that your cat may be experiencing an umbilical or inguinal hernia, reach out to your veterinarian. If surgery should be needed, the team at Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit would be happy to help! Book an appointment here.

Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit is a trusted veterinary team serving the Phoenix, Peoria, East Mesa and Tucson metro areas, with accessible locations in each market, offering highly specialized surgery, quality spay and neuter procedures, and accessible dental care for pets. Contact us to learn more about our specialized services or to schedule an appointment.  

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