an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in vet­eri­nary sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hospi­tals In­ner West.

BARBARA is a 12-week-old labrador puppy who pre­sented with a huge ab­domen.

The own­ers had left her home alone for two hours. When they re­turned it ap­peared she had swal­lowed a bas­ket­ball. Whole. When I ex­am­ined her, Barbara was a bit sub­dued. Her en­larged ab­domen was un­com­fort­able and she was whim­per­ing.

Labs in par­tic­u­lar have a rep­u­ta­tion for eat­ing things they should not. I took Xrays. These re­vealed one of the big­gest stom­achs I’ve ever seen. It took up the en­tire ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity. Barbara had overindulged – but how?

Some de­tec­tive work at home re­vealed that Barbara had chewed a hole in the bot­tom of a bag of food be­long­ing to Bruce – the fam­ily’s older labrador.

The bag was on a shelf, so Barbara sat be­low and gorged her­self on the en­su­ing cas­cade of kib­ble. I in­duced vom­it­ing, but be­cause those bis­cuits were packed so tightly in Barbara’s stom­ach they barely budged. So she was placed on a drip overnight to hy­drate her and help move that gut along.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Barbara was a dif­fer­ent dog. She’d passed a huge amount of stool, her ab­domen ap­peared to be de­flated and her tail was wag­ging. Never un­der­es­ti­mate a labrador puppy!

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