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Mountainside 24/7 Animal Emergency

May Case Study: Pippin

Pippin, a happy brown dog

One morning, Pippin started vomiting and lost his appetite. When this continued, his owners took him to their family vet, who suspected a foreign object might be the cause. After administering IV fluids and taking some x-rays, they referred him to us at Mountainside 24/7 Animal Emergency for a closer look.

Once here, we conducted an abdominal ultrasound that spotted three blockages in his digestive system. Pippin was swiftly taken into surgery where we removed two 3cm yellow objects, likely bits of Yak cheese, from his intestines. Although we suspected a third object, it wasn’t found, and thankfully, it didn’t cause any more trouble.

During the operation, Pippin showed signs of regurgitation which we swiftly addressed by clearing his nasal passages and adjusting his position to prevent aspiration.

Recovery had its ups and downs; Pippin was a bit painful and sensitive initially but improved significantly with pain meds, IV fluids, antibiotics, and anti-nausea treatment. He started eating again and was ready to head home just over a day later. Pippin has fully bounced back to his mischievous self, and we’re thrilled we could help get him there with teamwork from his family vet.