Short Communication | Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

Surgical Management of Intestinal Foreign Body Obstruction in a Dog

Amitha Banu S., Khan Sharun, Ajith P., Kuldeep Dhama, A. M. Pawde and Amarpal

Division of Surgery, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal May 2021 : 98 (5) - pages 29 to 31
(Received: , Accepted: )


A dog was presented with a history of intermittent vomiting, reduction in defecation, and complete cessation of food intake for one week. On clinical examination, the animal was found to be dull, emaciated, and weak. However, the physiological parameters were found to be within the normal range. Radiographic examination of the abdomen revealed semi-radio opaque mass and gas-filled intestinal loops suggestive of foreign body obstruction. Exploratory laparotomy was performed to confirm the diagnosis and further management. A cloth piece intertwined with hair obstructing the intestinal tract was identified and removed by enterotomy. The enterotomy site was sutured using polyglactin 910 in a simple interrupted suture pattern. Post-operatively the dog was treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, along with restricted diet and standard supportive care. The animal had an uneventful recovery

Key Words: Foreign body; Intestinal obstruction; Enterotomy; Dog

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