Foreign body surgery and pet insurance

By Mike Sweet, DVM

I have had the opportunity to remove several items from the stomach and intestines from dogs and cats over the years. A partial list includes decorative gravel stones, a nickel lodged in a cat’s intestines. A steel fishing leader with treble hook attached, from the stomach of a Pug.  Fifteen ponytail hair scrunches from the stomach and intestines of a cat.  One time I removed a pair of panty hose from a Doberman’s intestine.  Underwear was removed from the stomach of a Spitz. I do not remember if it was his or hers.

Dental floss from the intestines of a Brittany spaniel this was anchored by a loop entangled under the dog’s tongue.  There was an Irish Wolfhound that ate a Cannon bath towel. I referred that one to a local emergency room. That dog developed peritonitis and had to be treated as an open abdomen case. It was a long protracted case that slowly healed.  That was one extremely expensive towel; total treatment was over ten thousand dollars in that case.   I recently had to remove a linear foreign body that   was a cloth chewing toy and was a stick chewer.  This caused a retraction expansion when being pulled on. I had to do two incisions to get it out without causing further damage.

There have been toy soldier and similar toys removed by myself and other veterinarians. Every DVM has their list of goodies removed.

Why am I telling you this? I am very good with the surgery to remove these objects.  I remove them and the pet gets back on the road to recovery. These surgeries have an increased risk of perforation by the object and other deadly out comes.

They will definitely cause a big hiccup in a family budget. I encourage clients to get pet insurance. There are several types. Premiums are any where from a zero dollar deductable to a thousand dollar deductable. The amount of premium varies also. If you wish every thing covered but the fine print it is more money.

What is most important is coverage for the big bang items foreign body surgery accidents, tumors, or hit by car trauma.

Without insurance families are forced to make a decision of treatment or euthanasia.

For more information about a specific case, consult your veterinarian.

The outside of a pet is good for the inside of a human.

Mike Sweet, DVM

Milan Veterinary Clinic, 734-439-1112

140 W Main St

Milan, MI 48160


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