How adorable is this little guy? Charlie is a 12-week-old mixed breed that was referred to WVRC – Racine for vomiting and inability to breath. A barium study showed a severe hiatal hernia. A hernia is most likely to occur in puppies less than a year old and is usually inherited (congenital). However, trauma may also bring on an acquired hiatal hernia, and this can occur at any age. A hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part. A hiatal hernia, specifically, takes place at the opening of the diaphragm where the food pipe joins the stomach. Part of the stomach pushes through the opening, and a hernia is formed. Dr. Evans performed his surgery and he received lots of love from our support staff – especially Krista! Charlie is doing well at home recovering and getting back to being a fun-loving, active pup!