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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 06:23 PM   #1
 
  Jul 2010
  Broken Bow Okla
I have a three Month old doe with a hernia I noticed it a couple weeks ago but I might be getting worse. I'm just wondering if I need to knock her down and get it fixed. Will it get worse?can I breed her if I do or don't get it fixed? Just need a little advice thanks in advance
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Old Sep 3rd 2011, 07:55 PM   #2
 
  Jun 2011
  Decatur, Texas
Hernias are relatively common. I have seen and observed deer grow over the years with hernias with no problems. A rule of thumb, if you think you can pass more than three fingers into the defect, you may have a problematic hernia. I have seen a buck for the past 4 yrs with an umbilical hernia the size of a base ball do fine... Seldom do they cause drastic enough problems. If it hangs well below the body wall, it could be a concern especially in a pregnant doe. Hernia repairs are routine and probably estimate around $300. If you have to sedate it for any reason, I would have a vet examine the hernia for possible repair while she's out. Can be passed to offspring. In small animals, but I have not seen it commonly passed in deer. Post a pic and we can give you a better idea as well. Good luck and God bless!!!
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Old Sep 4th 2011, 05:24 AM   #3
 
  Jul 2010
  Broken Bow Okla
Yes it does hang below the body about two inches that's what worries me. I will try to get some pics
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Old Sep 4th 2011, 08:55 PM   #4
 
  Jun 2011
  Decatur, Texas
As she grows, it may possibly close more and more. I really need to see this one and you may need a vet to put their hands on this guy to do a thorough exam. Is it causing any problems now, decreased appetite, decreased growth, etc?
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Old Sep 5th 2011, 04:38 AM   #5
 
  Jul 2010
  Broken Bow Okla
No she seems to be eating and growing fine just worried about if I breed her n the future. Thank you for the advice
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Old Sep 5th 2011, 05:20 AM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I fixed one myself that was the size of a grapefruit on a buck a few years back. It held good for several months, but eventually grew back to its original size. If you open her up you might consider getting some surgical mesh to cover the hernia before you sew her closed. By the way-the hernia never did hurt this particular deer; however, we didn't use him to breed, fearing that it was a heridable trait.
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