Sweet Lucy presented to the Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt after her owners witnessed her vomiting up a smooth river stone that was used in their yard landscaping the night before. They stated that the next morning she did not seem interested in her food which was very uncommon for her and triggered some concern. At that time, it was unknown if Lucy had ingested anymore rocks and her owners requested a diagnostic x-ray to investigate further. Sure enough, within seconds of taking her abdominal x-ray, it became very evident Lucy was harboring another smooth river stone in her stomach. Since Lucy is a large breed dog, had already vomited one rock and the second one was still in her stomach, it was decided that inducing vomiting again would be safe for her case. If any of these factors had changed, surgery via a gastrotomy would have been mandated. Luckily for Lucy, she was given a good temporary meal of canned dog food to help coat the removal of the stone still in her stomach.
Lucy was given an IV medication that quickly induces vomiting and thankfully within minutes a smooth river stone emerged. After a shout of celebration from all working with Lucy, she was given a reversal medication to help alleviate her nausea.
Lucy was sent home to rest and enjoy the rest of her Easter weekend with her loving owners. Strategies were created to help deter Lucy from ingesting anymore rocks as a repeat incidence was not recommended. Though Lucy had a quick treatment with rapid recovery period, it is strongly recommended that dogs of any size have supervised yard time if they have an increased affinity for eating foreign objects. Lucy was a great patient and it was our pleasure to care for her at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt.
C. Smith, DVM
The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt