06 Oct Patient of the Week – Luna
Luna came to Mountainside after ingesting some pizza dough. Her owners did the right thing and brought her in quickly. Uncooked pizza dough can cause alcohol toxicity, as well as gastric distension causing an obstruction. We induced vomiting with an intravenous medication, hospitalized her on IV fluids, and gave her extra treats and cuddles. She did not suffer any side effects from the dough since her people acted so quickly to get her medical attention.
Dough made with yeast produces ethanol in the warm environment of the stomach, which can cause intoxication in an animal that has consumed it. It also expands and produces gas, expanding the stomach, and causing potential for an obstruction or a GDV (gastric dilation volvulus).
Luckily, none of these things happened to Luna. She tolerated our more invasive activities of the evening (IV catheter placement and blood collection) in exchange for a lot of treat bribes. She did not tolerate being put in a run (without singing loudly about it), so she ended up having a glorified sleepover in the middle of the treatment room where she could watch everyone and solicit attention and treats as often as possible.