Hernias may be congenital (birth defect), develop due to a weakness of the muscle, or result from forceful injury. Often the exact cause of the hernia is not known. Certain hernias can be dangerous if not treated correctly.
Surgery is often the best approach for the treatment of hernias. The bulging tissue is put back into the correct position and the weakened muscle is repaired. The overall success of the surgical repair depends also on the age of the pet (older pets heal more slowly) and the strength of the tissue.
Due to the possibility of inherited muscle weakness, some hernias may recur.