Hollie a 6-year-old German Short-Haired Pointer presented to BVH for vomiting back in February. With a history of gastrointestinal upsets, Dr. Kim administered anti-nausea medication, prescribed a bland diet and sent Hollie home for close monitoring.

With no obvious improvement, Hollie returned to the clinic for further assessment a few days later. Dr. Tracy admitted Hollie into hospital for further workup, with blood results indicating several abnormalities. Hollie was taken to surgery for an exploratory laparotomy – a procedure whereby the abdomen was opened to investigate the cause of the vomiting.

During surgery several pieces of blanket (weighing almost 1kg!) was found within the stomach and duodenum (the first section of the small intestine). Dr. Tracy removed the foreign material, flushed the abdomen and prepared Hollie for recovery.

Hollie recovered well from the procedure and was sent to Casey Pet Emergency for overnight monitoring.

We’re pleased to report that Hollie is recovering well!