This little scamp is, er, Scamp!
He was brought in to us by his owner after several weeks of intermittent vomiting and diarrhoea. He had lost weight and was a little bit down in the dumps. We took a blood sample from Scamp which showed dehydration and possible infection. He was given some medicines to make him feel a little better. His mum was given the important job of collecting urine and faecal samples. This allowed us to check his one’s and two’s (you’d be surprised what information we find in there!).
The next day he came in to have some X-Rays of his tummy taken and had a Barium study. This means giving a food containing a contrasting dye that shows up foreign material in the stomach. The barium suggested there could be an abnormal material in his stomach. It also showed a delayed movement of material through the food tract. Basically Scamp’s digestive system was on a go-slow! A gastroscope was used to look inside Scamp’s tummy and confirmed there was a foreign body.
To remove the foreign material from Scamps tummy, he would need an ‘ex lap’ or exploratory laparotomy. The ‘ex lap’ procedure involves the veterinary surgeon making an incision to go inside the patient’s abdomen, remove the foreign material from the stomach and generally have a good look around (on occasion there can be more than one foreign body). Sometimes the surgeon is aware what the foreign body is, sometimes it’s a complete surprise what you’re going to get coming out (dog’s will literally swallow anything).
Too much of a good thing…
In Scamp’s case, it seems he has a penchant for eating his greens. Sadly, we aren’t talking broccoli and cabbage. Our head vet Kelly found herself removing a large bolus of grass! This was intertwined with some fibrous material. Scamp has obviously been dining at some questionable restaurants! Sometimes eating large volumes of grass can be a secondary symptom to underlying gastritis/inflammation of the stomach lining, so a biopsy was taken from the stomach wall and sent away for testing. Scamp was sent home with lots of tummy-soothing medication and was on strict orders to rest (and to not eat any more grass!).
Scamp came to see us several times after his big op to make sure he was recovering well and to have his stitches removed. His Mummy told us he was being a good boy at home and taking all his medicines. The results from the biopsy sent to the lab were good news too – showing no signs of any problems with his gut. Just 19 days after surgery, Scamp had his final check with the vet, and it gave us all a warm fuzzy feeling to see him back to his happy, waggy-tailed self. During his treatment he was a little star, hence we are calling him, Scamp the Champ!