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Foreign Body Removal

Foreign bodies can range from small objects like toys, bones, or fabric to more concerning items like rocks, coins, or even pieces of clothing. Ingesting or having a foreign object lodged in the body can lead to serious complications, including gastrointestinal blockages, perforations, infections, or discomfort.

Our veterinary team is experienced in diagnosing and managing cases of foreign body ingestion or obstruction.

 

The procedure typically involves a thorough examination, which may include imaging techniques such as X-rays or ultrasound to locate and identify the foreign object accurately. Based on the findings, our skilled veterinarians will determine the most appropriate approach for removal.

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Is it an emergency?

Yes. If you suspect that your pet has ingested a foreign object or is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, or behavioural changes, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call us immediately to discuss next steps.

Will they need surgery?

In some cases, foreign bodies can be eliminated through the natural digestive process, but in more severe situations or when the object poses a significant risk, surgical intervention may be necessary. Sometimes we can use endoscopy for foreign body removal (a camera down the throat) before undergoing a full surgical procedure. 

Our team is well-equipped to perform safe and effective surgical procedures to remove the foreign object(s) while ensuring the well-being and comfort of your pet.

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