Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Sep 3 ·

Humans have belly buttons as proof of where we came from, to put it lightly. Dogs (and other mammals) similarly enter the world. So, do dogs have belly buttons, too? The short answer is yes, they do. Belly buttons show where the dog came from. However, they are not the same kind of belly button as we have. It’s quite different.

do dogs have belly buttons?

Do dogs have belly buttons?

Dogs do have belly buttons, but it doesn’t look the same for a human. A dog’s belly button is a scar of where the placenta was attached while the fetus was developing in the womb. The scar is actually so small that it’s hard for us to see. This is why most people believe that dogs do not have belly buttons, but it’s there. 

The placenta is where the puppy got oxygen and nutrients while growing inside its mother’s belly. Once the puppy is born, the placenta is no longer needed. The mother chews the placenta away a few centimeters from the pup’s belly. The stub eventually dries up and falls off, leaving behind a scar.

Where is the belly button?

You might not be able to tell if your dog has a belly button or not, but it’s there. The umbilicus will be small and flat on its belly, with fur growing around it. So, if you want to see your dog’s belly button, you might have to really search for it.

If you want to try to find your dog’s belly button, then it will most likely be at the base of your dog’s ribs. It’s usually located between the bottom of the ribcage and the top of the abdomen. 

do dogs have belly buttons?

What if we can see our dog’s belly button?

Sometimes, you might be able to see your dog’s belly button. Unfortunately, the only time you’ll be able to see your dog’s belly button (without searching for it) is if something goes wrong with the puppy’s development. This happens, then an umbilicus hernia may occur.

A hernia occurs when something is supposed to be secure inside the body but bulges out. In other words, your dog’s belly button will bulge out. While some humans have “outie” belly buttons, this is not normal for dogs. Instead, this is a medical condition where the small wound when the umbilical cord is cut does not heal properly.

Luckily, since this is a problem in young puppies, this can often be surgically removed around the same time they get spayed or neutered. So when you bring your puppy to the veterinarian for the first time, they’ll give your pooch a good check-over. This will include ensuring that they are developing properly. They will check for umbilicus hernias, among other things.

Are some dog breeds more prone to getting umbilicus hernias than others?

Every dog is different, especially given its size. However, a couple of dog breeds are more prone to getting umbilicus hernias than others. 

For example, you’ll want to keep a closer eye on the litter of puppies if they are a Pekingese, Beagle, Basenji, or Airedale Terrier. It’s not known as to why these breeds are more prone to it. You should keep an eye on any litter, regardless of their breed, just in case.

do dogs have belly buttons?

The answer is yes; dogs have belly buttons

Like most mammals, dogs do have belly buttons. However, it’s not as prominent as humans or some other animals. Instead, it’s a simple scar to show where the pup came from. Belly buttons for dogs can give them trouble as they develop, but it’s easy to catch and can be fixed. 

Similar reading: learn more about your dog’s health

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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