|Posted by petemergencyclinic on May 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM|
UPDATE TOPIC- WHEN PETS ARE HOOVERETTES
Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
Recently, I treated a beautiful, young adult Labrador Retriever that had
ingested a long piece of cloth that was blocking his intestinal tract.In
addition to causing the obstruction, the frayed cloth began to act like
a string. The small intestines bunched up around the "string", causing
the intestines to be cut. Despite having over 2 hours surgery including
removal of a foot of non-viable small intestine, removal of the string
and all multiple repairs of perforations, this fine young pet did not
Why am I giving you this "bummer" story during the holiday season?
Because your pets will have meny opportunities to ingest foreign
materials during this season.
How to avoid such problems?
-Never leave your pet alone with foreign materials such as ribbons,
wrapping paper, or even towels.
-Be certain that any pet toys are safe- I have seen them swallowed
-Do not leave food on the counters when a dog is around. I have had to
surgically remove a large turkey bone from the stomach of a small Lhaso
Apso one Christmas holiday.
As always, it is smart to anticipate possible problems before they
occur, especially when there are pets around.
But if you do get into trouble this fine season and it is business
hours, call your DVM. If the problem occurs after hours, PetER at
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic