Dogs and cats eat things they shouldn't, it is a fact of life. When this happens, things can become lodged in their throat, stomach, or intestines. Sometimes this requires surgery to remove as pets will vomit and be unable to defecate when their intestines are blocked. Without surgical interventions, these patients will die. This is considered an emergency surgery and will be done same day in our clinic as long as the patient is stable enough to undergo surgery and there is no chance that medical therapy could allow the object to pass. Pets will stay with us after surgery until they are eating and drinking and feeling well enough to go home and be monitored.
Some dogs, especially large breed, deep chested dogs such as Great Danes, German Shepherds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, and Boxers are prone to this condition. The stomach fills with air and then flips so nothing can come in or out. The stomach will continue to fill with air and press on the diaphragm and the large veins and arteries in the body and quickly cause shock and death. Signs of this condition include nonproductive retching, severe abdominal distention, and painful abdomen. This is an extreme emergency, if surgery does not happen within a few hours, the stomach will die along with the dog. Please call us immediately if you notice any of these signs. There is someone available 24/7 on emergency for our current patients. We also offer stomach tacking (where we sew the stomach to the body wall) in dogs that are at a higher risk of developing a GDV at some point in their life.
Dogs and cats can develop stones in their bladder. This leads to recurrent urinary infection and can even block the urethra so they cannot urinate. Surgery may be required to remove these stones. All stones removed are sent to a lab for testing so we know the makeup of the stones and can adjust your pet's diet accordingly to prevent recurrence.
The spleen is a common place for our older dogs to develop tumors. These tumors can rupture and bleed into the abdomen, causing sudden death in dogs. When these tumors are detected before they rupture, we can remove the spleen and the tumor. The spleen is a non-essential organ so we do not have long term health issues from removing the spleen. Entering the abdomen also allows us to examine the other organs for spread of cancer.