Does she have a hernia?

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Does she have a hernia?

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    08-04-2010, 10:37 PM
Does she have a hernia?

I was looking at Rumour's naval today, and I noticed it had what felt like, a little round ball in it. After I was done feeling it, the skin just hung there. I don't know if that means anything or if it is just because she has extra skin. When I was touching it, Rumour didn't act like it hurt her, and I was rubbing it. She didn't even move when I put my hand on her belly

She is 3 months old, so I don't know if it is unusual for foals to get hernia's in the naval that old. I thought is was when they are younger?
So what do you guys think? Should I call the vet out? Or is it just the way umbilical cords are? She is my first foal so I don't know what to expect.


Thank you for your help!
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    08-04-2010, 11:14 PM
It's possible that's what is going on. Usually a foal's navel will heal without a bump that obvious.
    08-04-2010, 11:22 PM
Here is a pic of before I was playing around with it.

If she does have a hernia, would she have to go in for surgery?

    08-04-2010, 11:41 PM
I have no idea, but I am curious as to what people say, my foal has the same exact bump.
    08-04-2010, 11:43 PM
That's what it looks like... they go away on most foals as they grow. If it gets bigger though, or she has it for a while, I'd have the vet check it out.

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