What is Foreign Body Removal?
A foreign body removal procedure is when your pet ingests something it shouldn’t have, the object is obstructing normal digestive functions (maybe a missing sock of yours?), and the object needs to be removed surgically. Your pet may potentially need surgery if the item is stuck or lodged within their digestion tract. It is vital to remove the item if stuck and cannot be expelled naturally, as it can prevent proper digestion, internal injury, or even restrict blood flow to other organs, causing much more serious, potentially fatal effects.
Symptoms of a foreign body
Eating inedible objects can lead to much more urgent issues than not having matching socks for a few days. A foreign object can cause major problems if it becomes lodged somewhere along the way. If you are aware that your pet ate something other than their food, you should contact your veterinarian right away. If you are unsure, be sure to look out for the following symptoms:
- Excessive salivating or gagging
- Sudden lack of appetite
- Behavioral changes, such as biting or growling
Remember, your pet may be in major discomfort or pain, so be gentle if they begin to show symptoms, and call your vet immediately.