Harry came in recently because he had been showing some intermittent vomiting and diarrhoea, he was also slowly losing weight and really did not seem like himself.
The Sandhole team set to the task of treating him for his vomiting and diarrhoea but after a week ,all of the usual treatments were not really working and so a decision was made to admit Harry for some more diagnostic procedures.
Over the space the next few days we used ultrasound scans, xrays, endoscopy and blood tests to try to get to the bottom of the problem. He would improve, look happier, and then go downhill again and unfortunately it was clear that Harry was really very unwell and we decided to elect for a surgical procedure called an exploratory laparotomy. The procedure involves opening up the abdomen to see if there is anything to see! if there is nothing obvious then samples can be taken of the organs to send off to the laboratory and help with diagnosis.
When vet Laura performed the laparotomy though it was soon clear that no samples would need to go off.. Harry had an intestinal blockage, he had swallowed something undigestable and now it was stuck - but what on earth was it?
In the history taken from his owners, they were sure that he had never eaten anything like a ball, or anything else that could get stuck, and when laura removed the foreign body she couldnt believe what she was seeing. Two really very large (about the size of a mobile phone) pieces of rubber matting!!!
Harry would be much much happier once these were out!!
Two weeks later we are pleased to report that Harry has had no complications from the surgery, is a very happy chappy and is starting to gain some of his lost weight back. His owners are absolutely adament that he has not eaten these pieces of rubber while in their possession ( 3 years) and it is entirely possible that these have been sitting in his stomach, not causing too much of a problem the whole time. Only when they have finally made their way out, of the stomach, they have not been small enough to pass through and have caused this life threatening condition!
We are so pleased to have been able to help the gorgeous Harry and we are sure he will be back to himself in no time!
Congratulations Harry - Sandhole's latest Braveheart
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