Diesel’s Story

We would like to introduce you all to Diesel!

Diesel is a 2 year old spunky Labrador who presented to Dr. Leguizamo on January 17th with a 2 day history of vomiting. It appears this began after he was caught sneaking into the trash can. You see, Diesel has a birthday coming up, and he just wanted to treat himself to the contents of the garbage.

Upon examination, his abdomen was quite tense and painful. His parents and Dr. Leguizamo were both concerned about the possibility of a foreign body, as he is a repeat offender. (He has already had part of a baseball removed from his belly!) He was admitted to our hospital and immediately started on IV fluids for rehydration. He was given an injection for nausea, lab work was done to check organ functions and blood counts, and the x-rays taken showed a “bunching” pattern. This type of pattern is unfortunately consistent with a foreign object inside the body.

After speaking to Diesel’s parents, he was prepped and taken into surgery by Dr. Spaur. She was able to locate and remove the remnants of the garbage. Thankfully, she found no serious tissue damage from the foreign body, and he returned home the very next day.

Diesel is now back to his hyper and crazy self, and his parents are now the proud owners of a new puppy-safe trash can!

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Please give a big hello to our gentle giant Shadrach!

Shadrach is a 6 month old Great Dane who weighed in at a whopping EIGHTY-EIGHT pounds! He paid Dr. Davis a visit on January 27th because he was not eating. Obviously this was a concern since big boys like him need all of their vitamins and nutrients. 

Upon examination, a firm area was felt in the abdomen. Radiographs showed a possible foreign object as well as a large amount of stool in the colon. In addition to IV fluids, blood work and medications upon admission, Shadrach was also given an enema in hopes that it might help move the stool from the colon and allow the foreign material to pass. Unfortunately, the recheck of the x-rays later in the evening did not show any improvement and Dr. Spaur took Shadrach into surgery.

Once we began exploring his abdomen, we found multiple areas of concern. It appeared that Shadrach had chosen to snack on his bedding instead of puppy treats. Two different incisions were necessary to remove all of the foreign material, one piece from his stomach and another piece from his intestines. Dr. Spaur also found what is called an “intussusception”. This occurs when one portion of the intestine folds inside of the other, similar to a telescope. If not diagnosed and treated, this can become quite serious and life-threatening. Thankfully, we were able to correct this issue and Shadrach recovered from surgery with no complications. He happily munched on some chicken the next day, and he was sent home with strict instructions to keep his diet focused only on food and NO bedding!