Pet of the month for April is Suzie!
Poor ten month old Spanish rescue Suzie came to us with persistent vomiting and was off her food- generally just not a happy puppy! It was decided during the consult that Suzie would come in the following day starved to have x-rays. The X-rays showed us that there was an oval, partially gas-filled mass in Suzie’s abdomen, and because of the unusual presentation of the mass it was decided that Suzie would undergo exploratory abdominal surgery. The mass and a foot long section of her small intestine was removed in surgery, and the mass was sent away for testing. Suzie has just recently come in to have her final sutures removed and we are happy to report that the results came back all clear. It was suspected that the mass was caused by a form of penetrating injury to the intestine, most likely associated with a previously ingested foreign body. The mass had become bigger and bigger until it had caused a complete bowel obstruction.