Saturday, March 8, 2008

Another week, another sponge...

What is it about dogs and sponges? We removed another sponge this week from a dog’s stomach, and this one was whole!
This sponge was stuck in the pylorus, a region of the stomach that narrows into the intestine. This dog was fully obstructed, and within just a few hours he might have been in big trouble.
Fortunately, using a high tech video endoscope, I was able to remove this without any surgery. He recovered from anesthesia with no idea that we had removed it. And his owner is done with sponges in his house, and now it is paper towels only!