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Name That Bulge

A hernia, or hernias, occurs as the result of a defect in the body wall, which allows a portion of organ tissue to protrude through the tear, becoming displaced. In some cases, the hernia is not serious, and the tissue is even able to slide in and out of the gap, but other times it can become trapped, with potentially fatal consequences. Horses of all ages and breeds can experience a hernia, of which there are many types and causes. It is important, therefore, to take swift action in diagnosing and treating any strange bulge that appears beneath your horse’s skin, and to watch for danger signs that could indicate an emergency. While there are several kinds of hernias, based on their location in the body, some are more common than others – the most common being umbilical and inguinal hernias, which due to their proximity, affect the horse’s bowels…

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