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Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:38 PM CDT

QUESTION: We have had several calves over the past few years with what we think are hernias at their navels. They have done fine, but just have big belly buttons. Is this a problem?

ANSWER: What you are describing sounds like an umbilical hernia. It is actually a hole in the body wall where the placenta attaches to the calf.

Small hernias may only contain omentum, a lace-like tissue that covers the intestines.

In these cases, the body wall may heal around the tissue, creating the condition you describe.

Larger hernia ...

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