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Ruby’s abdominal hernia

Ruby is a 12-year-old desexed female Jack Russell Terrier that was seen at Moe Vet Centre in late May for a large lump that had appeared on her abdomen. She had been a bit off-colour and not interested in eating for the past few days. On arrival at the clinic, Ruby was quiet, with a normal temperature but slightly dry gums.The mass on her abdomen was soft and did not appear to be associated with the mammary gland in that area. However, the mass was firmly attached deeper in the groin area. Ruby was uncomfortable when pressed in this general area.A fine needle was inserted into the lump to collect some cells for further diagnostics. This revealed a small number of red blood cells and some fat cells, but nothing more. There were no cells consistent with a mammary tumor so further diagnostics was required.We next performed an ultrasound of Ruby’s abdominal mass. The majority of the mass appeared to be nondescript soft tissue. One view of the mass showed two distinct fluid filled circles with thick walls. This appearance was consistent with a cross section of a bowel loop.

The most likely diagnosis in Ruby’s case was a herniated bowel through the inguinal canal. We took Ruby to surgery that night and after a three hour surgery, had removed the entrapped bowel and associated tissue which had indeed herniated. Ruby was hospitalised overnight and given pain relief and antibiotics. The next morning Ruby was bright, wagging her tail and had an enormous appetite.

As Ruby was a mature age dog her risk of having mammary tumours was increased. Luckily for Ruby her owners noticed the lump suddenly appear and came to the clinic immediately. Ten days after her surgery the sutures were removed and Ruby was doing very well.

Lump - Ruby Snow
 Recovery - Ruby Snow

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