In late January we had a visit from a beautiful Golden Retriever named Banjo. He had been vomiting for the past day and had been off his food that day as well. His owner noted that he had stolen and eaten a cooked chicken the day before. What a naughty boy! This was a concern as it was possible the bones could be causing an obstruction, however Banjo was usually always good at chewing his stolen goods.
He presented at the clinic a little quiet, but still alert. Dr. Serena was the Veterinarian who first saw him. After a full physical examination she noted that his abdomen was a bit sore and tender but he looked well in himself. She thought he possibly could have a foreign body or pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is a disorder where the pancreas becomes inflamed. It is often the result of dogs eating rich, fatty foods. Dr. Serena and the owners decided to treat Banjo as an outpatient to begin with.
He was prescribed a bland diet of chicken and rice and was given a pain relief injection and an injection to help with his nausea.
Banjo was brought back in for a revisit two days later. His appetite had not improved and he had been lethargic since his last visit. For a young dog of only 3 and a half this was not like him at all.
Dr. Suzanne was the Veterinarian who saw him this time and it was decided he would be admitted for blood tests and xrays. The xrays were necessary to determine if Banjo had indeed a blockage or if pancreatitis was more likely.
Banjo was admitted and Dr. Suzanne with the help of Nurse Lindsay inserted an intravenous catheter. He was given a small amount of pain relief as during the clinical exam the Vet had noted his abdomen seemed more painful than previously. Banjo was quite subdued and lay still for the x-rays without sedation. Two different views were taken and it was very obvious that there was something foreign in Banjo's intestines. Unfortunately this meant that Banjo would need to have an operation.
Dr. Suzanne and Nurse Lindsay prepared everything for Banjo's surgery. He was placed under general anaesthetic and his abdomen was clipped and cleaned. After moving him into the surgery theatre the procedure was ready to begin. The foreign body could be felt from outside and Suzanne was able to easily locate the item. With much anticipation we pulled out the item and it was seen to be a large, circular, flat garden stone! What a silly dog to eat a rock.
Banjo was transferred to an emergency centre to be babysat over night. He came back the next morning and was looking much happier and brighter. It is now a week post surgery and his owners report he is doing well. Hopefully Banjo will think twice before eating rocks in the future!