If your dog, cat, or another pet swallows something they cannot digest or pass on their own, it can cause a digestive tract obstruction or similar condition. This requires immediate medical attention, usually in the form of foreign body surgery to remove the object. At West Park Animal Hospital, our highly trained staff serves communities in Cleveland, Ohio, and the surrounding areas with the latest technology and advancements in foreign body surgery for pets.
Has My Pet Swallowed Something?
It can sometimes be hard to tell if your pet has swallowed an object they aren’t supposed to, especially if you weren’t there to witness it firsthand. However, there are a few telltale signs that indicate your pet may have swallowed a foreign body, including:
- Abdominal tenderness or pain
- Diminished appetite
- Straining to defecate or only producing a small amount of feces
- Lethargy or an abnormal lack of energy
- Behavioral changes, such as biting, growling, or otherwise expressing displeasure when picked up or handled around the abdomen
If your pet displays several or all of these symptoms, there is a good chance they’ve swallowed a foreign body and require immediate medical care. Even if that’s not the cause of the problem, symptoms like these should still be addressed promptly by a veterinary professional.
About Foreign Body Removal Surgery
Surgery is often required to remove foreign bodies from pets who cannot pass them naturally. To determine your pet’s need, West Park Animal Hospital will issue a proper diagnosis before forming a route of treatment. We use a variety of different techniques to determine what the problem is, ranging from simple physical examinations to digital X-rays.
In the event foreign body surgery is necessary, your pet will be put under anesthesia, and a surgery will be performed to retrieve the object from the digestive tract. Our experienced and highly trained staff can tell you more about your particular pet’s needs and treatment plan. Generally, the outlook is very positive once the obstruction is removed, with your pet more than likely able to recover completely. In addition to surgery, we provide first-class post-operative care as well.
If your pet needs rehabilitation or other special care following the surgery, we can offer a number of treatments to shorten the recovery time and ensure the best possible outcome. Physical therapy, TENS unit treatments, and more are available. And of course, our professional staff can provide you with the information you may need to care for your pet following surgery.
Turn to West Park Animal Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio
When it comes to foreign body surgery, pets need to receive prompt and high-quality care. At West Park Animal Hospital, we have years of training and experience providing world-class veterinary care to pets in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. If you suspect your pet requires foreign body removal surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have staff in the office until 1:00 a.m. in case critical care is needed, and we are proud to serve West Park, North Olmsted, Berea, Rocky River, Lakewood, Fairview Park, Cleveland, and the surrounding areas.
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