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(Video) What's Inside Your Belly Button?

Of all the things you may have wondered in the world, have you ever wondered if your dog has a belly button? If you haven’t asked this question, you may have an inquisitive child who will or has asked a similar question!

As humans, we tend to believe we’re extremely unique in the world. The fact of the matter is that while we may be unique in some ways, in most ways we’re the same as many other mammals on the planet. So, do dogs have belly buttons? Read on to find out!

What is a Belly Button?

Many mammals, but not all (we’ll talk about that shortly), have a belly button. Our dogs are one of the mammals, including us, that have a belly button! OK, so what is a belly button?

A belly button is where the umbilical cord was attached before birth. The umbilical cord is vital to most mammals before they’re born; the cord carries blood, nutrients and oxygen to the baby from the mother, and removes waste products, too.

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Gestation is a time of significant change for the baby, as the cells of the baby start to differentiate into specific organs and tissues. One of these changes is the development of a new belly button.

Back to the statement that “many mammals” have umbilical cords. While it’s true that many mammals bear this scar, there are others that don’t. Dogs, humans and other mammals that have umbilical cords are called “placentals.” This means we are not the only mammal in this category that stay in a placenta (birth sac) until we’re born. There are two other categories of mammals who do not have placentas. These are the monotremes and marsupials.

Placental mammals, including dogs, are mammals that have an embryo develop in a sac called a placenta. Placental mammals give birth to live young. Monotremes and marsupials are mammals that give birth to live young, but these young don’t develop in the uterus or the mother’s placenta; instead, they are born outside of the mother’s womb and grow inside a sac called a pouch.

A monotreme is a type of mammal that is a bit more primitive. It’s young are hatched from eggs. Most monotremes now live in Australia. In fact, you may be familiar with one of them—the platypus!

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Marsupials have young that are born before they’re completely developed. After they’re born, marsupial babies will crawl into their mother’s pouch, where the mother will suckle and carry them. We know you’re very familiar with a large marsupial in Australia—the kangaroo! But did you know there’s also a marsupial in North America? It’s the opossum! There are actually several varieties of opossum, but they’re all marsupials.

Neither the monotremes nor marsupials have a belly button. Belly buttons are only found on mammals who carry their young in a placenta before birth.

In addition, belly buttons can be divided into innies and outies. Innies are where the umbilical cord is connected to the placenta, and outies are where the umbilical cord exits the body. Most mammals have innies, but there are exceptions.

Human belly buttons are typically innies, but sometimes outies. It all depends on where the cord was attached during birth. A small percentage of human babies are born with umbilical cords that exit the body and are not connected to the placenta, or the placenta is removed before birth.

OK—that’s enough of the human navels and the biology lesson! We just thought it was interesting! Now, back to our dogs’ belly buttons!

Is It Normal for a Dog to Have a Belly Button?

The quick answer is a resounding yes! However, after the puppies are born, the mother dog then bites off the umbilical cord.

Then a small stump will remain on the puppy’s belly; however, as it heals, the stump will eventually come off and the belly button forms. The belly button is the scar where the umbilical cord was attached before the puppy’s birth. This works the same for us, so our dogs have belly buttons just like us!

The one difference between you and your dog’s umbilical cords is that human umbilical cords are more complex and larger. That’s why we have the more pronounced scar. But for dogs, their umbilical cords are smaller, and so don’t leave a large vertical scar behind. In fact, you may find it challenging to even find your dog’s belly button.

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What Does a Dog’s Belly Button Look Like?

Some people aren’t aware that their dogs do have belly buttons. The reason is that a dog’s belly button isn’t really noticeable. Remember, a puppy’s umbilical cord is smaller and lighter than a human’s, so not much of a scar remains after the belly button heals.

Where is a Dog’s Belly Buttons?

In fact, a dog’s navel (or belly button) is on his stomach, near the end of their rib cage. Because a dog’s stomach may have a lot of fur in the area, the belly button scar tissue may be difficult to find. On some dogs, there may a small scar that is smooth, round and sits a little above the rest of the skin. However, in many dogs, the flat scar is barely noticeable.

To find your canine companion’s belly button, just go to the end of his rib cage. You may have noticed a small swirl or tuft of fur—this is where the belly button can be found. If your fur baby has a lot of fur, you may need to part his hair to see if there’s a slight belly button there. A beagle’s belly button is not always easily found, but it can be found by running your fingers through his fur. Basenjis and some other breeds also have a belly button that is not easily seen. The wrinkles in the belly of these dogs may cover the belly button.

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A lint roller may be used to see if your dog has a belly button. You can also use a soft cloth to gently rub over the area and check for a belly button. If you can’t find one, you can always ask your vet for help in finding it.

Why Do Dogs Love Belly Rubs?

Dog owners may notice that belly rubs are a popular way to connect with their dog. Rubbing on the belly is called “tummy time” and is often a favorite pastime for dogs. Dogs love belly rubs, and will often try to get you to rub them there when they’re excited.

Some dogs may get belly rubs because they like them, but others may get them to help with a medical condition. Dogs with a stomach ulcer may need belly rubs to help their body heal and reduce the pain. It’s important to talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s medical needs and how you can help him feel better.

Puppy Umbilical Cord Problems

Most of the time, a puppy belly button heals with no problem. Only that small, flat, circular scar will remain. However, occasionally a puppy may develop an umbilical hernia. The problem may be noticeable when you pet them, or the vet may find the issue during a physical exam of the puppy.

What is an Umbilical Hernia in a Puppy?

An umbilical hernia forms when organs, the abdominal lining, or fatty tissues in the abdomen protrude through a weak spot in the connective tissue or even through a muscle. You or the vet may notice a bugle that points outward from the puppy’s abdomen. The protrusion, or bump, is found just below the puppy’s ribcage.

An umbilical hernia can be caused when the umbilical ring doesn’t completely close after birth. There will be a noticeable bump on the puppy’s abdomen, which may protrude more when the puppy is standing, barking, crying or straining. This type of hernia is either non-reducible or reducible. A reducible hernia is one where the protrusion can be pushed back into the abdomen. Non-reducible hernias can’t be pushed back in; this may be because of an obstruction or adhesion of the hernia to the opening.

The umbilical hernia can vary in size—from less than ¼” to more than an inch. While smaller hernias may close on their own, the larger ones usually require surgery. The good news is that this condition is usually painless for the puppy. And most of the time, the puppy’s health will not be affected.

However, in very rare cases, part of the intestines (or other tissues) can be trapped, causing strangulation of the blood flow (meaning the blood flow’s cut off), which can lead to death. This type of hernia needs to be treated quickly and is a medical emergency.

Some dog breeds have a higher chance of developing an umbilical hernia including:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Basset Hound
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Collies
  • Dachshunds
  • English Spring Spaniels
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Pekinese
  • Pomeranian
  • West Highland Terrier

Symptoms of an umbilical hernia

A soft lump at the belly button site

A lump that grows larger over time

The lump feels warmer than surrounding skin

The puppy begins to show signs he’s in pain, especially when the area’s touched. This can happen when the hernia becomes larger.

If the puppy has developed a strangulated hernia, you may notice these symptoms:

  • Excessive swelling of the hernia
  • Fever
  • Severe pain that is quite obvious
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting after eating
  • Refusing to eat
  • Abscess forms at the umbilical site

If this condition is left untreated, the puppy could develop kidney and/or liver failure due to the infection spreading throughout his body. Death will occur in 24 to 48 hours if this is not treated in time.

Can an Umbilical Hernia Heal on Its Own?

Yes, this is possible; however, a puppy with a hernia should always be evaluated by a vet. A hernia can heal on its own if:

  • If the hernia is less than 1 cm in size, it can heal by the time a puppy reaches 4 months of age.
  • Hernias that have not closed by this time will need to be treated surgically. The surgery involves gently pushing the protrusion back through the opening, and then sewing the hole closed. The surgery can be done at the same time a puppy is spayed or neutered.
  • So, if your fur baby has an umbilical hernia, it’s very important to get him to the vet as soon as possible to be checked. Nothing can fix the hernia if it is a strangulated hernia, except surgery. Your puppy’s life depends on quick treatment for this very serious condition.

With proper treatment, the prognosis is excellent for puppies, including those who need surgery. In most cases, the puppy will not have this condition again, and the puppy usually will not suffer complications.

One More Problem with Puppy’s Umbilical Cord Site

In most cases, the mother dog will remove the umbilical cord from her puppies after each one is born. She does this by chewing the umbilical cord off. Most of the time, the area heals up very quickly and doesn’t require further attention. However, an infection can sometimes develop in a puppy’s umbilical cord site.

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The infection may develop due to the momma dog over-cleaning the site. The mother dog may accidentally chew the umbilical cord right down to the skin, or possibly through the skin, which allows the intestine to come out.

If an infection develops at the site, it can lead directly to the puppy’s blood stream. The infection can then travel from the belly button to the rest of the body and even lead to death.

To keep this from happening, you should ask the vet how to treat the umbilical site. Some vets recommend using Triodine 7 (iodine) or Vetericyn Super 7 Ultra Naval. These medications cause the umbilicus (the umbilical stump) to dry up and heal quickly. This can prevent infections, hernias and other problems.

If a momma dog tends to over-clean, then one solution is to use a nylon umbilical clamp after the puppies are born. This keeps the momma dog from chewing the umbilical cord down too far. And if the momma dog has chewed through the puppy’s skin, and the intestines are showing, then the puppy will need have the wound sutured.

With proper treatment and care, these types of umbilical issues can be fixed and the puppies will go on to live long, happy lives!

So, there you have it! All the information you may have wanted about dogs’ belly buttons! Your fur baby probably does have a belly button, which is not easily found. Even so, most dogs do have them, just like us!

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Why do dogs have belly buttons? ›

After giving birth, a mama dog chews through the umbilical cord, leaving a wound where the puppy and cord were connected. The tiny wound on the pup heals quickly into a small, thin line — also known as a navel or belly button. So essentially, belly buttons are just scars.

Why do humans have belly buttons but dogs don t? ›

Usually, you can see the belly button on a puppy's belly. But once your dog becomes an adult, it's likely not going to be visible anymore. This is because the umbilical cord is small. Human umbilical cords are much bigger because humans are larger than dogs.

Why do humans have belly buttons but animals don t? ›

But not all mammals have this special mark on their stomachs. Marsupials, such as kangaroos and koalas, who spend most of their early development in their mother's pouch, and egg-laying mammals, such as the platypus and the echidna, have no need for umbilical cords so they never develop a belly button.

Are humans the only animals with belly buttons? ›

Your belly button, also called your navel, is where your umbilical cord attached you to your mother before you were born. All mammals have belly buttons—although others are often hidden by fur.

Do dogs like kisses? ›

The truth is that some dogs simply don't like being kissed. That said, dogs who have been trained to accept kisses may eventually tolerate or even enjoy them.

Do dogs go to heaven? ›

While religious views around the world vary, Christianity has traditionally held that animals have no hope of an afterlife. But Pope John Paul II said in 1990 that animals do have souls and are “as near to God as men are”.

Do dogs know when they fart? ›

Dedicated to the core, they went on to show that the dog olfactory system contains hydrogen sulphide-responsive cells. This proved, at the molecular level, that dogs have the capacity to detect their own farts.

Do dogs feel love? ›

Science proves that part of the canine brain is associated with positive emotions and they do, indeed, feel love for their human companions.

Do dogs like hugs? ›

Dogs Don't Like Hugs

So, when you hug a dog, they don't understand what you're trying to say. In fact, you're essentially trapping them. They can't get away from anything that scares them or makes them uncomfortable while in your arms.

Why can't you touch your belly button? ›

Omphalophobia is a type of specific phobia. Specific phobias, also called simple phobias, are extreme, persistent fears that focus on a particular thing. In this case, the focus is on the human navel, or belly button. The phobia might involve touching or seeing your own belly button, other people's, or both.

Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons? ›

The navel is a scar left by the umbilical cord which attatches a foetus to the placenta. If Adam and Eve were created as adults by God they would not have had an umbilical cord.

Why would a woman's navel bleed? ›

Why Is Your Bellybutton Bleeding? Bleeding from your bellybutton can have several different causes. Three of the most likely causes are infection, a complication from portal hypertension, or primary umbilical endometriosis. Keep reading to learn more about bleeding from the bellybutton and what should do to treat it.

Why does my belly button smell? ›

When your belly button smells, it is usually because of a hygiene need or infection. The belly button contains several tiny skin folds that can trap sweat, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Possible infections include candidiasis, bacterial infections, or an infected urachal cyst.

Can you be alive without a belly button? ›

While some people find the absence of a belly button a cosmetic concern, you can take comfort in knowing people like Kurkova that take photos for a living do just fine without a belly button.

What lives in your belly button? ›

If you're an innie and not an outie, your belly button is home to at least 60 to 100 or more species of bacteria, fungi and yeasts, according to new research. If you're an innie and not an outie, your belly button is home to at least 60 to 100 or more species of bacteria, fungi and yeasts, according to new research.

What is hello in dog? ›

The dog word for “hello” is woof (pronounced wuf, wüf, and sometimes wrüf, depending on breed and regional dialect). Facing your dog, say woof in as energetically and friendly a way as possible (tone of voice is very important; the similar-sounding weuf means “Back off!

Do dogs watch TV? ›

Dogs absolutely can see TV, and many seem to enjoy it. There are a number of features about television shows that dogs find attractive. Some of these are visual, such as motion, while others relate to the sounds coming from the TV. Dog eyes are very different from human eyes, so they see things on TV differently.

Do dogs know they are dying? ›

Some dogs will know their time is approaching and will look to their people for comfort. Saying goodbye to your dog with love and grace means staying with your dog during these final hours, and reassuring them with gentle stroking and a soft voice. Take time off work, or from whatever else is going on.

Do dogs have nightmares? ›

Can Dogs Have Nightmares? Unfortunately, dogs can have nightmares. If you think your dog is having a nightmare because they are snarling, growling, or crying out, restrain the impulse to wake them. Dogs who are awakened from a scary dream may not know where they are right away and could impulsively lash out at you.

Do dogs see color? ›

Human eyes have three types of cones that can identify combinations of red, blue, and green. Dogs possess only two types of cones and can only discern blue and yellow - this limited color perception is called dichromatic vision.

What Can dogs see that humans can t? ›

A dog's field of vision is much wider than ours; they can see objects at a greater distance, and their ability to see in twilight, dusk, and dawn is far superior to ours, making it possible to pick up certain movements that are undetectable to the human eye.

How many hours a night does a dog sleep? ›

Adult Dogs: Most adult dogs seem to need between eight and 13.5 hours of sleep every day, with an average of just under 11 hours. For comparison, most adult humans need seven to eight hours of sleep.

Do dogs get embarrassed? ›

Your dog might not be able to feel the social humiliation the way a person does, but they definitely can feel self-conscious and have subtle, embarrassed-like tendencies. Secondary emotions like embarrassment can be complicated when it comes to pets, but they definitely feel something similar to it.

Do dogs prefer female owners? ›

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A dog's preference for one person — or type of person — over another has a great deal to do with socialization. Dogs don't, as a rule, dislike men, but most dogs are cared for by women, and are thus more comfortable around them.

Do dogs know their name? ›

If you say good morning and head to their leash or food bowl, they will know what you are talking about right away. Dogs will also learn their name through classical conditioning. This means that they learn to respond to their name when it is said, not that they actually know their own name is Fido.

Why do dogs put their paw on you? ›

Conclusion: Pawing means your dog wants your attention. If your dog puts their paw on you while you're spending time together, it's likely an expression of affection or the gestural equivalent of “pet me more!”

Do dogs like to sleep with you? ›

They enjoy sleeping with you because it makes them feel safe and comfortable. Sleeping together gives dogs an emotional connection to their owners. Dogs feel love and gratitude towards you, just like you feel towards them.

Do dogs like when we baby talk? ›

Well, a recent study published in “Animal Cognition” last month, found that dogs actually respond well to baby talk. Researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom tested two different types of speech on dogs.

Do dogs like blankets? ›

Dogs notoriously love their blankets. Whether it's at home or on the road, it gives them a place to snuggle up and be comfortable. No matter your lifestyle, this is an easy investment that every pet owner can make to improve the quality of life for their animal.

Why do I get turned on when I touch my belly button? ›

The reason is that your belly button, or umbilicus, connects to fibers that lead to your spinal cord. This also relays information from your bladder and urethra to your brain. So when you push your belly button, you're stimulating the same area.

Why do I have to pee when I touch my belly button? ›

Dr Christopher Hollingsworth of NYC Surgical Associates explained to Lad Bible that touching the belly button actually stimulates the lining of the stomach, causing us to feel like we need to dash to the loo – even when we actually don't.

Why does it feel weird when you clean your belly button? ›

"At the navel, you have the ability to stimulate not only the skin overlying the navel, but also the fibres of the inner lining of your abdomen. So, as you stick your finger into your belly button, it sends a signal from the deeper fibres that line your inner abdominal cavity to your spinal cord.

What bone was Eve made out of? ›

Eve was not created from Adam's rib but from his baculum, meaning, his penis bone, argues a distinguished professor.

Who was born without a belly button? ›

A woman who was born without a belly button has relived the cruel teasing she suffered as a child. Jess Kaufman, 30, was born with a rare defect called omphalocele, which causes a baby's organs to develop outside the abdominal wall during pregnancy. The organs have to be put back inside at birth.

Who had the first belly button? ›

In a case of palaeontological navel gazing, a new record for the oldest belly button has now been set, after a team of international scientists made a remarkable discovery on the 125 million-year-old fossilised skin of a dinosaur, Psittacosaurus – a distant cousin of Triceratops.

Why is my belly button wet and smelly? ›

Dirt, bacteria, fungus, and germs can get trapped inside your belly button and start to multiply, which can cause an infection. If you develop a belly button infection, you might notice white, yellow, brown, or bloody discharge seeping out of it. That discharge might also have an unpleasant smell.

Why does my belly button smell everyday? ›

Most belly buttons are indented so act as a trap for sweat, dead skin, and dirt. Few people wash the belly button with soap so germs can develop. The most common cause for a belly button smell is poor hygiene. All areas of the body need to be washed regularly to stay clean and healthy.

Why is there green stuff in my belly button? ›

An open wound such as a piercing is the ideal way for bacteria to get under the skin and cause an infection. Bacterial infections cause a discharge that has a disturbing smell to it. The discharge may be off-yellow or green in color and will often cause swelling and pain.

What happens when you don't wash your belly button? ›

Most bellybuttons are a breeding ground for bacteria since they're a dark, moist area where skin often rests against skin. As a result, you could get a yeast infection in your bellybutton.

Why does my belly button smell female? ›

Even if you don't develop a yeast infection, the accumulation of sweat, dirt, dead skin cells, and lint can cause your bellybutton to smell. Omphaloliths. As dead skin cells and sebum — the oil secreted by your skin — accumulate in your bellybutton, they can form an omphalolith over time.

How do you get the black stuff out of your belly button? ›

Dip your finger or a soft washcloth in a solution of saltwater (about a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water) and gently massage the inside of your navel. This should loosen stubborn germs that can cause odor. Then rinse with plain water and pat it dry.

Which part of human body is not present at birth? ›

Human infants are rarely born with a vestigial tail, though it does happen, according to Britannica. Doctors can remove the tail through surgery without major issues.

Can you be born without a belly? ›

Omphalocele, also known as exomphalos, is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall.

What happens when a baby is born with organs outside the body? ›

Gastroschisis is immediately seen at birth. Soon after the baby is born, surgery will be needed to place the abdominal organs inside the baby's body and repair the defect. Even after the repair, infants with gastroschisis can have problems with nursing and eating, digestion of food, and absorption of nutrients.

Should you dig in your belly button? ›

Booth says that simply showering will remove some germs, lint, and whatnot, but if you have an “innie,” you should also dig in once a week with a cotton swab that has soap and water or rubbing alcohol on it.

Can your belly button open? ›

The opening normally closes just after birth. If the muscles don't join together completely in the midline of the abdominal wall, an umbilical hernia may appear at birth or later in life. In adults, too much abdominal pressure contributes to umbilical hernias.

Are there bugs in your belly button? ›

Belly button bugs

A person's belly button contains hundreds of bacterial species. The belly button is rarely well-washed and is a cosy place for these bacteria to settle.

Do dogs have a belly buttons? ›

Whether you have an innie or an outie, belly buttons are pretty obvious on humans. But have you ever wondered if dogs have belly buttons, too? Believe it or not, dogs do have belly buttons. They might be covered in fur and almost impossible to find, but they are there.

Does a dog showing their belly mean they trust you? ›

According to Jill MacKay, an animal expert from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, dogs expose their stomachs in submission while playing with other dogs or their owners, as rolling over and showing its belly is a sign of trust.

Do dogs like belly rubs? ›

It's a place they might not always be able to scratch so when someone they trust really goes to town on a good belly rub, they're usually quite happy about it. "A good belly rubbing session can release endorphins and oxytocin in dog and owner alike, strengthening the special bond between them," says Dr. Simon.

Are dogs attached to umbilical cords? ›

In the case of dogs, each puppy is born in a fluid-filled sac; however, it is still connected to its mother's placenta via an umbilical cord. Once the puppy is out of the uterus, the mother dog will immediately bite and break off each of her offspring's umbilical cord.

Why do dogs lick you? ›

Licking is a natural and instinctive behaviour to dogs. For them it's a way of grooming, bonding, and expressing themselves. Your dog may lick you to say they love you, to get your attention, to help soothe themselves if they're stressed, to show empathy or because you taste good to them!

Do dogs cry? ›

No. While canines express needs and wants vocally, there is no scientific evidence proving that dogs, or any other animals, in fact, actually produce tears as a response to what they're feeling. We seem to be the only species capable of breaking into emotional tears.

Do dogs smile? ›

Most experts agree dogs smile in response to the human smile. Dogs seem to smile more when relaxing, playing, feeling content or greeting someone they know. Dogs don't smile in response to a joke, but they may smile in response to you. Usually, when a dog smiles it is known as a submissive grin.

Do dogs recognize I love you? ›

Yes, your dog knows how much you love him! Dogs and humans have a very special relationship, where dogs have hijacked the human oxytocin bonding pathway normally reserved for our babies. When you stare at your dog, both your oxytocin levels go up, the same as when you pet them and play with them.

Do dogs remember people? ›

Dogs also have associated memory which mean they can in fact remember people based on their experiences associated with them. Your dog may have a memory of you leaving the house and due to the strong positive association with you mean they'll celebrate when you get home.

Why do dogs like to sleep where you sleep? ›

Why do dogs like to sleep with you? If your pup likes to sleep with you, it means they feel secure and comfortable with you. When your dog was a puppy, they cuddled up with their littermates for warmth and comfort, so now they want to do the same with their people.

Why does a dog circle before lying down? ›

Turning in circles before lying down is an act of self-preservation in that the dog may innately know that he needs to position himself in a certain way to ward off an attack in the wild.

Why does my dog follow me everywhere? ›

If your dog follows you everywhere then it's a sign that they trust and love you and that you make them feel safe. Following you very closely can be a sign that they're bored, they want something, they're feeling scared or are just being nosy.

Do dogs recognize their birth mother? ›

The results of these two experiments clearly show that young puppies recognize their own mother and littermates, and it also shows that this recognition is based upon scent cues.

Can dogs see in the dark? ›

Obviously, his stronger sense of smell is useful, but it's also because dogs can see movement and light in the dark, and other low-light situations, better than humans. They are assisted by the high number of light-sensitive rods within the retina of their eyes. Rods collect dim light, supporting better night vision.


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