What did my dog swallow? (Intestinal Foreign Bodies in Pets)

0 Comments Posted by tcahvet in Medical Cases on Friday, September 13th, 2013.

Intestinal Foreign Bodies in Pets

Dogs, and occasionally cats, have a bad habit of eating non-food items. If that item is large enough it can become stuck in the stomach or intestines of the pet. These dogs will typically stop eating, vomit and have diarrhea. Some items can be seen on an x-ray while others are found during exploratory surgery.

This dog, Rocko, has eaten many non-food items, including 2 stuffed dog toys. He has been vomiting for almost 4 weeks but no obvious foreign body was seen on his x-rays.

During exploratory surgery we found 2 plastic toy squeakers in his small intestine. They had caused a lot of damage including puncturing through the intestinal wall. The toys and damaged bowel were removed. Rocko spent several days with us recovering and is now back to his normal self.

On the left you see squeakers that are used in stuffed dog toys, on the right is what happened when the squeakers got lodged in Rocko's intestines.

On the left you see squeakers that are used in stuffed dog toys, on the right is what happened when the squeakers got lodged in Rocko’s intestines.

 

The piece of intestine that had to be removed due to the damaged caused by the squeakers.

The piece of intestine that had to be removed due to the damage caused by the squeakers.

 

Rocko is now happy and healthy and home with his family!

Rocko is now happy and healthy and home with his family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Dr. Jill Child, DVM

 

 

 

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