Has your furry friend eaten something that they shouldn’t have? Abdomen surgery may be the solution.
Though many small foreign bodies are able to pass through the gastrointestinal tract, some require surgical exploration for removal.
The most common point that foreign items cause an impact is when they become lodged in the oesophagus. We recommend surgery to allow food to pass.
These stones appear as either one large or multiple small stones – surgery may be necessary to reduce straining and allow your pet to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.
Q. Will an x-ray be needed to find the foreign body?
Most items are visible on an x-ray, allowing us to quickly and easily determine the location of the blockage – though we occasionally find the obstruction through palpation alone. However, you’ll be happy to learn that we rarely anaesthetise your pet for the x-ray, so there will be no unnecessary costs to you.
Q. When will my pet return to normal?
This will vary between animals and will depend on the extent of the surgery needed to remove the obstruction. It will generally take a few days to two weeks before your pet is eating and playing as normal.
Q. Does my pet have to stay overnight at the hospital?
Our abdomen surgeries will often require your pet to stay in overnight. However, we don’t charge any extra for an overnight visit, meaning the cost is kept down.