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Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons? Appearance, Facts, Care

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Are you wondering whether dogs have belly buttons? While they might not be recognizable at first glance (and don’t look like ours), they do indeed have belly buttons.

If you’re a pet parent, it’s important to educate yourself on what is normal – and what isn’t – when it comes to your dog’s belly button. Keep reading for everything you need to know about dog belly buttons, including what they look like and where to find them…

What does a dog’s belly button look like?

Unlike in humans where we are left with a much more noticeable belly button, puppies tend to be left with a small flat scar once their umbilical cord stump falls off in the days following their birth. This means that even as a puppy their belly button is a lot less noticeable than ours.

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Where can I find a dog’s belly button?

Similar to us, you will find it in the middle of the abdomen. But as we’ve mentioned, it may be difficult to locate. You should be able to feel the small slit with your hands, even if you can’t visibly see it.

Why can’t I see my dog’s belly button?

Usually, it is much easier to see a dog’s belly button when they are a puppy. But as they get older it’s actually trickier to see it as fur often grows over or close to it. Because of this you might not even have been aware that your dog has a belly button.

The small slit is exactly that, a line instead of an innie or outie belly button that humans have. If you do see or feel what appears to be an outie belly button, this could be a cause for concern.

A protruding ‘belly button’ on a dog after they are a very small puppy could be a sign that their muscles haven’t closed properly after birth or that they have an umbilical hernia or abscess.

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Dog breeds that are more prone to umbilical hernias than others include:

  • airedale terriers
  • basenji
  • beagles
  • Pekingese

    What is an umbilical hernia?

    This happens when a dog or puppies’ abdominal muscles haven’t closed fully or properly. If left untreated, this could become life threatening so it is very important that you take action as soon as you see or feel something that doesn’t appear to be normal.

    If you have any concerns, it is always worth consulting your vet as soon as possible.

    Do I need to do anything to care for my dog’s belly button?

    It doesn’t require any special care but keep an eye out for any changes that may be visible or felt when giving your pup a well-deserved tummy rub.

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