ABSTRACT: ‘Jack’, an eight-year-old Jack Russell terrier, was presented at the clinic with constipation of three to four days duration and signs of faecal tenesmus.

He had also started vomiting during the past 48 hours and was in appetent. He was drinking and showed no signs of dysuria. The owner informed us that he had been presented at another veterinary clinic a few months previously and was prescribed liquid paraffin. A perineal hernia had been suggested to the owner as the cause at that time.

On physical examination, a perineal swelling on the right side, lateral to the anus, was noticed. A rectal examination revealed a separation of the muscles and the original diagnosis was confirmed. The prostate gland was also assessed and did not appear to be inflamed.

Surgery was scheduled for the following morning.


Susan Reddan RVN, Dip AVN Surgery, Cert Exotics

Susan qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2001. Since then she has completed a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in Exotics & Wildlife and achieved her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. She currently works as head nurse in Crescent Veterinary Clinic in Limerick. Susan enjoys all aspects of nursing and has two dogs and a cat.

Keywords: Clnical, Herniorrhaphy, Hernia

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 29 (01) • January 2014 • pp

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