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Intestinal obstruction in dogs

Who gets sick?

Young dogs in particular, who repeatedly pick up and swallow objects in a playful way, are at risk. However, older animals are also affected by intestinal paralysis or tumors.

How do you recognize it?

The animals almost always vomit and show a rapid deterioration in their general condition. Droppings may still be present. The stomach often hurts. The closer to the beginning of the intestine the obstruction is located, the more severe the symptoms.

What should I do?

In the event of prolonged vomiting with obvious accompanying symptoms such as crawling, whimpering and trembling, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible, especially if the dog has previously played with stones, toys or the like that it may have swallowed. X-rays of the abdominal cavity then show gassed intestinal loops in front of the occlusion point and, depending on the material, a foreign body. As a rule, an operation is necessary.

How can you prevent?

Get the dog used to picking up objects and, as an alternative, offer them safe chewing options such as buffalo skin bones. Put away children’s toys, sewing and knitting materials and do not feed bones that can be swallowed.

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