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The Neuter that Wasn't!
Oscar is a young, peppy large-breed dog who came in to BAH for a routine neuter. At surgical check-in with his doctor, Oscar's family mentioned that he had been a little "off" the past week. Oscar had even vomited a couple of times. Rather than continue with a routine surgery, we elected to do a little detective work to make sure there wasn't anything else going on.
On exam, Oscar was bright although a little subdued compared to his usual self. He wasn't painful in his abdomen, but one section of intestine did feel a little "doughy" and large compared to normal. We took x-rays (page through the gallery for images) and then performed a barium study. Barium is a liquid that shows up bright white on x-ray after the dog eats it. We then follow barium as it moves through the intestines to look at intestinal motility (how well things are moving) and see if things are getting "stuck."
Based on the x-rays and barium, we decided to head to surgery. Do you have a guess for what we found in Oscar's belly?
This is a section of Oscar's intestine. Dr. Nollet's hands are in the photo to give you an idea of size. Normal intestine is on the right hand side of the image. The larger, swollen section of intestine contains the foreign body. The intestine here is discolored and is in danger of dying due to lack of blood supply, caused by the obstruction.
The offending object!
...a small, pink bunny.
Oscar was lucky that his people noticed he seemed off and were willing to go ahead with the diagnostics and life-saving surgery that Oscar needed. BAH is pleased to report that Oscar has made a full recovery and will have his neuter soon!