Foreign body surgery in pets is a surgical procedure used to remove foreign objects that have been ingested or embedded in a pet’s body. Pets may accidentally ingest foreign objects, such as toys, bones, or pieces of clothing, which can cause serious health problems if left untreated. In some cases, foreign objects may become lodged in a pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing discomfort, pain, and potentially life-threatening blockages.
Moving forward, the procedure typically involves general anesthesia and careful surgical removal of the foreign object. Before surgery, the surgeon will conduct a physical examination and may recommend diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or ultrasound, to locate the foreign object and determine its size, shape, and location.
Next, during the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the area where the foreign object is located and carefully remove it. In some cases, the foreign object may be removed through an endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light attached to it.
After surgery, the pet may need to stay in the hospital for observation and recovery. The CVETS surgery team will provide instructions for post-operative care. This will include pain management, diet, and activity restrictions. We want to help the pet heal and recover as quickly as possible.
Foreign body surgery is a common and necessary procedure for pets that have ingested or become embedded with foreign objects. It is important to seek veterinary care promptly if you suspect that your pet has ingested a foreign object. Early intervention can help to prevent serious complications and ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.
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