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Foreign Body Surgery

Postby AddyBaby » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:15 pm

Sunday Angus went to ER. He was vomitting everything he put in his stomach - I dreaded the worst but was 99% sure he ate one of my husband's socks. He is always snaking them out of our room to chew on them but I catch him and take it away - can't convince the hubby that putting your clothes in the laundry basket would be easier than constantly having to buy new socks.

We get there and they take an X-ray. Say he looks gassy but that can't tell, so they do an ultrasound and agree it looks like foreign body. They think its pretty far down the GI tract. They put him on an IV, pain meds, and want to keep him overnight to see their internal medicine specialist on Monday. The whole time the ER vet just keeps saying "I don't want to do foreign body surgery b/c of the morbidity associated with it." The first time he said it I say "but what happens if we don't do the surgery?". ER vet says "he dies." What!!! That doesn't sound like an option! But he just keeps talking about the morbidity associated with foreign body surgery but not giving any options. So when we leave I'm completely panicked that my baby is going to die and so mad that I think I might kill my husband for his slobby habits.

Monday the internal medicine vet does another set of X-rays and another ultrasound. He thinks it is still in his stomach. By Monday he has lost 10 lbs in about 2.5 days (he started out at 59.5 -we were at the vet on the 4th, checked in at 53, was down to 50). The internest wants to do an endoscopy instead but keeps saying there is no guarantee he won't still need the traditional foreign body surgery on top of that. So they sedate him, fill him full of air, do another ultrasound to double check, then the send down the magic grabby tool, and out comes a black mens dress sock. More air and ultrasound to make sure they got it.

We took him home Tuesday night. He was still feeling pretty crappy. He wouldn't eat (so unlike him), he was panting and shivering at the same time, and he would go to sleep then wake up and come screaming across the room and jump all over me in a panic. The vet said he would be acting unlike himself and that he would probably not eat so we decided we'd give him till morning and if he was still acting like that we'd take him back.

Wednesday morning he pooped out the rest of the sock. And he was back to normal. He is enjoying his now 4 meals a day to get his weight back up.

So here is what I have learned.
1. Even though I feel like I am constantly nagging my husband to not be a slob I obviously don't do it often enough.
2. We can never have kids b/c I just sold our first born to pay the ER lol

Just thought I'd share.

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Postby PAROTO49 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:54 pm

Glad to know that he is doing better. im having sort of the same problem. not with my pitty but with my other dog. a lil ankle bitting chihuahua.. but i got to admit i love him
and for the past 2 nites i woke up to find vomit in the room he sleeps in. last nite he only threw up one, but the nite before he threw up 4 times. and this morning he was very shivery, tail inbetween his legs and not wanting to get up. i dont know what to do. i think what the poroblem is, is that my younger sister gave him a whole bunch of treats he hadnt had before. could this upset his stomach like that?

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Postby merriterrier » Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:33 pm

I'm glad Angus is ok. Those obstruction problems/surgeries can be so scary!

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Postby PitFriend » Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:34 pm

How scary! So glad everything turned out ok for Angus!

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Postby Leslie H » Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:46 pm

I'm glad this worked out finally (literally and figuratively).

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Postby Linariel » Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:57 pm

PAROTO49 wrote:Glad to know that he is doing better. im having sort of the same problem. not with my pitty but with my other dog. a lil ankle bitting chihuahua.. but i got to admit i love him
and for the past 2 nites i woke up to find vomit in the room he sleeps in. last nite he only threw up one, but the nite before he threw up 4 times. and this morning he was very shivery, tail inbetween his legs and not wanting to get up. i dont know what to do. i think what the poroblem is, is that my younger sister gave him a whole bunch of treats he hadnt had before. could this upset his stomach like that?


Take him to the vet!

What is he throwing up? Food, foamy spit?

If it IS an obstruction it can kill them VERY fast. Take this from someone who lost a wonderful cat because I did not press for X-rays soon enough.

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Postby rednoseErnie » Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:31 pm

Glad Angus is OK. I am surprised at the ER vet. I know there is a risk in doing an obstruction surgery, but it is often a fatal condition on its own. Plus, I have been told by several vets that it is the most common surgery they do, like almost every day. So I'd imagine an ER vet would be used to them? Odd.

Ernie had that surgery last year. Since then, I have been VERY good about keeping him away from his danger items. So far so good!

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Postby AddyBaby » Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:06 am

Thanks all!

I was surprised at the ER vet too b/c I heard labs had the surgery all the time for swallowing tennis balls whole and that sort of thing. Actually it was the first question they asked when we showed up (the counter was too tall for them to see him). Maybe he just didn't want to do it, he wanted the internal medicine vet to do it? Who knows.

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Postby Sariss » Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:52 pm

Weird. We do at least one FB surgery a week, and 99% of them recover well..


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