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Hernias in Dogs / Hernias in Cats

Hernias in Dogs / Hernias in Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of hernias in dogs and cats.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the immune system, the liver, bone marrow and adrenals.

A hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part. A hiatal hernia, the most common, occurs at the opening of the diaphragm where the food pipe joins the stomach.  A hernia forms when part of the stomach pushes through the opening. Dogs and cats can suffer from hernias, although large breed dogs are more predisposed.

Symptoms of hiatal hernia: include




Weight loss


Excessive salivation

Shortness of breath

Causes of hiatal hernia:

Congenital, especially with puppies under a year old

Acquired secondary to trauma or increased effort to inhale

A diaphragm hernia is a defect or tear that allows the abdominal contents such as the liver or intestines to enter the chest cavity. This may either be a congenital abnormality (present at birth), or the result of trauma, such as that in a car accident or fall from a high building.

Symptoms of a diaphragm hernia include:

Difficulty breathing

Pressure in the lungs 

Dyspnea (shortness of breath)

Tachypnea (increased respiration)

Exercise intolerance


Muffled heart and lung sounds

These are all common signs of diaphragmatic hernia, however other symptoms may present, depending on which organs have become trapped inside the chest cavity.

Symptoms related to organ diaphragmatic hernia include: 






An inguinal hernia is a condition in which the abdominal contents protrude through the inguinal canal or inguinal ring, an opening which occurs in the muscle wall in the groin area and become trapped. Inguinal hernias can occur in both dogs and cats.

Symptoms of an inguinal hernia include:

Swelling in the groin area, which may occur on one or both sides of the body and may be painful and warm to the touch



Frequent attempts to urinate

Bloody urine

Lack of appetite


Causes of inguinal hernia:

Acquired (not present at birth but developing later in life)

Congenital (present at birth




Most inguinal hernias are uncomplicated and cause no symptoms other than a swelling in the groin area. However, if contents from the abdominal cavity (such as the bladder, a loop of intestines or the uterus) pass through the opening and become entrapped there, the situation can become life-threatening.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia to serve as a digestive tonic, to help address infection in the body; to help relieve a variety of digestive disorders including hernias, to soothe painful and inflamed mucous membranes, to help rehabilitate connective tissue, to help promote balanced immunity, and to help promote digestive & gastrointestinal system health in cats & dogs.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders; helps promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bites, infections, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

Conventional Remedies:

X-rays may show soft-tissue density in the esophageal opening (hiatus) but may not reveal lesions. An enlarged esophagus can be detected using X-ray imaging. Contrast exams can show the esophagus as it is joined to the stomach and may reveal abnormalities. You vet may perform an esophagoscopy, using an internal scope to detect inflammation, and possibly show the end (terminal) of the esophagus sliding into the thorax.

Diagnosis of hiatal hernia is based on examination and observation of one or more of the following manifestations of the condition:

Foreign body in the esophagus

Abnormal tissue growth in the esophagus

Inflammation of the esophagus

Enlargement of the lower esophagus

Protrusion of the stomach into the esophagus

A foreign body in the digestive tract

Abnormal tissue growth in the stomach

Inflammation of the stomach

Surgical treatment may be necessary to close the opening or attach the stomach to the abdominal wall so that it does not protrude further. Antibiotics and therapeutic breathing treatments may be necessary if aspiration pneumonia develops as the result of associated breathing abnormalities.

Your veterinarian can prescribe drugs that will promote digestion and increase the tone of the sphincter in the lower esophagus, decrease the acidity of the reflux and promote healing of the damaged esophagus tissue.

Inguinal hernias can usually be diagnosed by finding the swelling caused by the hernia on a physical examination. However, sometimes contrast radiographs (X-rays) or an abdominal ultrasound are needed to determine which abdominal contents, if any, are entrapped.

Treatment is surgical correction of the opening and replacement of abdominal contents back into the abdomen if necessary.

A diaphragmatic hernia would be suspected if the cat has recently been involved in a recent car accident or fallen from a height. The abdominal cavity may feel empty upon palpitation.

Abdominal and chest radiographs would be taken to show organs in the chest, loss of the diaphragmatic line.


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