This months ‘Pet of the Month’ is Fudge and her story was chosen as it is a good example of how things are never as staright forward as you think they are going to be.
Fudge is a beautiful four year old English Springer Spaniel and her owner bought her into us as she was vomiting , drooling and very lethargic. When we examined her she seemed very uncomfortable and her stomach was ‘tucked up’. Our initial possible diagnosis of the problem was that Fudge either had gastroenteritis, an inflammed pancreas or even a forgein body in her stomach.
We admitted Fudge into our hospital for blood tests, an ultrasound and x-rays. The ultrasound highlighted a shadow in her stomach we took an x-ray to confirm what we were seeing. The xray showed a large object (possibley a stone) in her stomach.
To remove a forgein body from a dogs stomach is a serious operation with a high risk of post operation infection, but it was one that we have performed many times before so we felt confident we could help Fudge. We called Fudges owners and our surgeon Nicole started on her operation. The stone was in her stomach and was removed with no complications, it actually turned out to be a large piece of slate. After removing the slate Nicole noticed that the rest of Fudges intestines looked unhealthly and she investigated further. She discovered that she had a hole punctured through her intestines and had a piece of rose steam stciking through it. This made her condition much more serious as the area would become quickly infected and the stick had also damaged her pancreas. Nicole removed the stick, repaired the intestines and Fudge was given high doses of antibiotics.
Fudge had a stomach tube paced so we could feed her and her owners were informed that the next few hours were going to be critical. We were all so worried about her as she had been through so much.
Amazingly, the following morning Fudge jumped out of her kennel and seemed keen to eat her breakfast and she went home the next day. She was still poorly and had lost a large amount of weight but her owners took great care of her and she began to improve.
Six days after her operation Fudge was almost back to normal and able to eat normally. The continued care by her owners a her home allowed her to make a full recovery and she is putting on weight.
Fudge was very lucky as she could have contracted a serious peritonitis and we are all so pleased that she made a full recovery. We are very grateful to her owners for allowing us to use her story and their pictures.