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One Very Lucky Dog
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One Very Lucky Dog

One Very Lucky Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Very Lucky Dog

Meet Keisha. Keisha is a 6 year old unspayed female Staffie who, up until November had led a pretty uneventful life keeping her owner company.
Then suddenly she went off her food and had a bit of vomiting, but she was still quite waggy tailed when she came in. Her last season had been a few months ago, so we were initially concerned about a possible womb infection (pyometra). But instead of getting better on treatment she started to look worse.
She was admitted and xrays and an ultrasound scan indicated that she might have an intestinal obstruction, so we took her to surgery and discovered that she had indeed swallowed a 2” segment of a corn cob which had become lodged in her small intestine. Worse, it had so badly damaged the gut that it was leaking and causing a severe peritonitis (infection in the tummy). This was one of the worst we have seen in 21 years at AlphaPet.
The only option was to remove a section of Keisha’s gut - a very risky procedure.

Miraculously, Keisha came through the surgery very well indeed and even more miraculously, 48 hours later, she was bouncing around as though nothing had happened and was home with her mum a few days after that! A great result all round, although unfortunately she wasn’t insured. But it was also a reminder that dogs eat silly things and corn on the cob seems to be an increasingly common cause of serious intestinal problems. Please beware!