Case Report: Surgical Removal of Foreign Body

Ollie, a ten-year old male neutered miniature poodle, presented at the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia for vomiting, discomfort, and restlessness that had persisted for three days.

Abdominal x-rays showed a suspected foreign body in the small intestines with gas throughout the descending colon. An abdominal ultrasound was recommended but Ollie’s parents elected conservative treatment. Ollie was placed on IV fluids and given several enemas over the next 24 hours to see if the foreign body was able to pass. He was not able to keep any food down and became acutely painful.

Ollie’s parents elected immediate surgery to discover the cause of his issues. Dr. Morris performed an abdominal exploratory and discovered free fluid in his abdomen, an intestinal foreign body at the ileocecal junction, and evidence of perforation of the small intestine. Adhesions were also present at the perforation site and the foreign body extended to the proximal colon. Dr. Morris had to perform a resection and anastomosis of the ilium, cecum, and approximately 3cm of the proximal colon. The remainder of the abdomen appeared normal.

After three days in the hospital Ollie returned home. He returned several weeks later to have his sutures removed. His Mom reported that he was completely back to normal, eating and drinking well with no vomiting or diarrhea. A wonderful outcome!