Gus's story

Gus’s Story

Everyone Meet Gus!

He is a sweet 7 year old Heeler that came to Dr. Spaur on January 13th for a 2 day history of vomiting, anorexia and lethargy. The poor fella just wasn’t feeling up to par.

Unfortunately, he had previously gotten into some trouble from eating foreign objects, so it was necessary to do some further diagnostics. Upon admission we ran some standard lab work to check the organ functions and blood counts, then began IV fluids and medications to help prevent dehydration and continued vomiting.

After taking radiographs of Gus’s Abdomen, it was discovered that he had a round foreign object in his small intestine. A few hours later the second set of x-rays showed that the little buddy living in his belly was not it’s way out without some help. After speaking with Gus’s parents, it was decided that surgery would be the best option to get this boy back on his feet.

Dr. Spaur was able to easily locate the cause of the problem, which turned out to be a Nerf ball! Apparently Gus just wanted to play with the toys like his two big brothers! Thankfuly, we were able to get him all fixed up and quickly on the  road to recovery. He is now feeling much better and is back to his spunky self. He is able to play happily with his brothers again, but now without any Nerf toy available!

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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!