Milo’s Story

Our featured trouble maker this round is Milo!

Milo is an eleven month old Labrador who was seen by Dr. Kane on January 24th. A few days after he chomped on a basket of socks, his family noticed he was vomiting throughout the day. They also found some fabric in his stool when he went out to potty!

It was no surprise when we found a possible foreign object in Milo’s belly when x-rays were taken. But surprisingly, it was a round shaped object that did not appear to be a fabric. Since he was bright and happy upon his admission to the hospital we hoped that administering  IV fluids and medications would allow for the foreign object to pass through Milo’s system on its own. The object made some movement throughout the night, upon rechecking radiographs his next day was not so lucky.  The foreign material decided it enjoyed its home and did not want to continue its journey through Milo’s body.

Dr. Spaur preformed a laparotomy and found a bouncy ball in Milo’s intestines! Recovery was no match for Milo. He bounced right back to his normal, crazy self quite soon after his procedure! We often keep these surgery pets for a day or two after their operation, but since Milo ate so eagerly, he was able to break free within 24 hours from surgery!

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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!