22 Sep Patient of the Week – Lilly
Lilly came to Mountainside for lethargy and vomiting. Diagnostic imaging showed an intestinal obstruction was likely, so she went to surgery as soon as possible. She was quite dehydrated when she came to us and required IV fluids with supplemental electrolytes to stabilize her for surgery.
During surgery, a section of intestines was found to be so damaged it had to be removed and resected. Just past the damaged section of intestine, a small chunk of old corn cob was discovered to be the culprit.
Lilly had a long recovery, but we are happy to report she is recovering well from her extensive surgery and recovery at home.
Many food and non-food items can cause intestinal obstructions in our canine and feline friends. Surprisingly, corn cobs are not an uncommon one! If your animal eats something that you are worried may cause an obstruction (…if you see them eat it, pets are sneaky!), it is best to touch base with your veterinarian.
Depending on the item and timeline, they may suggest inducing vomiting in hospital or monitoring at home.