Foreign Body Ingestion

What Are Some Threats Of Foreign Body Ingestion In Pets?

Our pets are curious little creatures who love inspecting anything or everything around them. Often they are found either sniffing or chewing on things that they get. But not everything they lay their paws on is safe for them. If one is not watchful of what their pets are chewing and munching on, it can end up in their digestive tract. According to a nationwide pet insurance report, it was found that foreign body ingestion is one of the most common claims. In the year 2015 alone, more than 6,500 claims were made for foreign body ingestion.  As per the veterinarians at Virginia Beach animal hospital, some of the most common objects that they find inside animals and pets are toys, string, pieces of shoes, rock, plastic bags, yarn, coins, socks, jewelry and amongst other things. Though some of these items pass off the body as waste safely within a day or two of swallowing, a few can wholly or partially get stuck causing obstruction. At times, ropes and yarns can lodge at the base of the tongue and result in obstruction.

It is imperative for pet parents to be vigilant around their pets and prevent any possible foreign body ingestion. But how to be sure that your pet has swallowed something and suffering from its consequences? How to avert future incident? Find it out all here.

What are the symptoms?
A pet that has ingested a foreign body is most likely exhibit some or more clinical signs like; anorexia or loss in appetite, intermittent vomiting, diarrhea or straining to defecate, pain in the abdominal area, changes in behavior or pawing. If your pet expresses any of these signs and symptoms, don’t delay in bringing him to Virginia Beach veterinary clinic.

How to diagnose it?
Keeping in mind the illness experienced by the pet, the vet at first performs a complete physical examination. In case, a foreign body is suspected, the vet may go for further investigations to be sure of the diagnostics. The vet might recommend tests like a blood and urine test, ultrasound, exploratory surgery or abdominal radiography.

How can it be treated?
In case of intestinal obstruction, the blood supply to the tissues often time get compromised due to the presence of the blockage. The surgery becomes a must in such a scenario. The pet might be required to stay in the hospital after the surgery for continued care and monitoring.

How to prevent it?
As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure,’ preventing your pet from ingesting any harmful thing is the best way to keep them away from its consequences.

Keep an eye on your pet’s habits and behaviors. Keep any swallow-able items out of their reach. While buying new toys for your pets, consider the size of every pet you have at your home.

Do away with any such toy that has been damaged by pieces and could be eaten by your pets. If you have cats in your house, keep ribbons, yarns, hair ties and threads sealed in a container.