Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

Have you ever wondered whether dogs have belly buttons? It may be hard to believe, but dogs have belly buttons. 

Puppies are born enclosed in a fluid-filled sac. The mother dog must rip open the sac to clean them. She must also chew off the umbilical cord, leaving only a tiny piece behind that will eventually dry up and fall away. When that piece falls off, it leaves a scar behind. The scar is a dog's belly button.

So why are dogs' belly buttons difficult to see if truly they exist? First, the fur on a dog's tummy can conceal belly button markings. Second, compared to a human, a dog's belly button is smaller and flatter because a puppy's umbilical cord is significantly smaller than a human baby's.

Look in the middle of the abdomen, just below the ribs, to locate your dog's belly button. A small vertical scar or wrinkle should be visible on the skin. Alternatively, you might notice a whorl of fur in that area. If you can't see anything, try lightly pressing; you should feel a solid area where the scar tissue is located.

A protruding belly button could signify your puppy's abdominal muscles didn't close properly and can cause an umbilical hernia – a disease in which tissues such as fat or organs push through the opening in the abdominal wall. Consult your veterinarian if your dog's belly button is swollen.

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