Patient of the Week – Gunnar

, Patient of the Week – Gunnar

Patient of the Week – Gunnar

This handsome and sweet puppy is Gunnar. He came to us as a transfer for surgery after his regular veterinarian diagnosed a foreign body obstruction in his stomach and small intestines. Dr. Cozens surgically removed a long, thick piece of fabric material that was anchored in the stomach and extended quite a distance into the small intestines. Gunnar recovered well and went home as soon as he was eating well.

Certain puppies and dogs love to eat non-food objects, despite the best efforts of their humans. In some cases, these objects can get stuck and prevent food from exiting the stomach and/or moving along in the gastrointestinal system. If the object is in the stomach, it can sometimes be removed using an endoscope, but if the material is lower down in the gastrointestinal system, surgical intervention is required if the object is not moving along. Without surgical intervention, damage can occur to the gastrointestinal tract, which can cause irreversible damage to the intestines (requiring parts of the intestine to be resected).

Gunnar did not require any part of his intestine to be resected; the objects were removed by making an incision into the stomach, and an additional incision into the small intestines. We wish Gunnar all the best while he heals up at home!

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