GASTRONOMY – A COIN IN DOG’S STOMACH

A three-year-old white-brown Pekingese was brought to the surgery showing symptoms of a very painful abdomen, vomiting and dehydrated.

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By examining and x-raying the abdomen we found out that the dog had swallowed the coin which then entered its stomach.

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The coin stayed there for some time (app. 1 month) and then stuck in the area of pylorus blocking the food passages. Due to the generally bad condition of the dog, we initiated the re-hydration of the animal and preparations for the surgery.

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After slitting the skin, muscular parts and peritoneum, we extracted the stomach and fixed it outside the wound. We commenced with gastrotomy and extracted a 1 Kn coin from the stomach.

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Adequate stitching closes the cut on the stomach.

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The stomach is returned into the abdomen in its anatomic position, other organs examined and found to be of no peculiarity.

Peritoneum is being closed followed by closing of muscular layer.

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The final phase is closing the skin by means of skin stitching and protection of the wound. The dog was further treated by extensive infusion and antibiotic therapy. After one week, skin stitches were taken out and the dog recovered extremely well.