We perform all kinds of gastric and intestinal surgery at Treendale Pet Medical.
We frequently remove foreign bodies like corn cobs, socks, foam mattress, fish hooks, macadamia nuts, pegs, rocks and stones and all sorts of interesting foreign bodies from the GI systems of people's pets.
Foreign Body in a dog (above).
This dog had an obstruction that was causing anorexia and vomiting. The mass could be seen on radiograph and the dog was taken to surgery.
Removal of Foreign Body from a dog's intestine (above).
The image shows a foreign body being removed from the jejunum of a dog that had a foreign body obstruction.
We often have emergency surgery to correct gastric Dilatation and Volvulus or GDV which is often fatal if not corrected early enough. Ask us about prohpylactic preventative surgery for your dog to prevent GDV. Ask us about Belt Loop Gastropexy to prevent your dog developing GDV.
Gastric Dilatation is called "Bloat". This is where the stomach of large to giant breeds fills suddenly with air. This is very uncomfortable and as the stomach fills with air it causes compromise to the blood supply to the stomach wall. This needs to be seen by a vet immediately before the stomach flips on its axis and twists.
Bloat in a giant breed dog
If the stomach flips on it's axis because it is so full of air, it actually twists the blood vessels supplying the stomach and the spleen is also displaced and the blood supply to the spleen is also compromised. This is a life threatening emergency. These dogs need immediate surgery to save their life. If your dog has a very large distended abdomen that is tight like a drum and your dog is trying to vomit frequently and bringing up only a small amount of saliva, your dog may have a GDV or a twisted stomach. Please call us immediately. This is an emergency.
Early GDV in a giant breed dog
The radiograph above shows a little "smurf hat" which is a sign that the stomach has twisted. This dog went to surgery to save its life. Early diagnosis is crucial in saving a dog from GDV. The longer the stomach and splenic tissues have no oxygen, the more likely there is to be cell death. Once the tissue is dead, it is almost impossible to save these poor animals. Sometimes the dead part of the stomach can be surgically resected, however repufusion injury is a common sequelae creating other complications. These animals are critically ill and require intensive care.
Sometimes chronic vomiting requires exploratory laparotomy to investigate the cause of vomiting when all other diagnostic tests have failed to deliver an answer.
GI biopsies are also sometimes necassary for a diagnosis of chronic vomiting. We do it all for you.
Foreign body in a dog