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This is a high-risk age group as the puppy is still young. However there was no choice as the domestic worker's hair band was swallowed and now occupied 100% of the stomach (as seen during surgery) and would not be vomited out nor passed out with the stools. Surprisingly the puppy did not vomit, according to the worker.
No food and water after 10 pm yesterday. However, the puppy was warded and had wolfed down the dog food at 6 pm yesterday. The owner decided upon surgery and thought I would operate on arrival. It was not good to operate immediately on a puppy unless it was an emergency. So, I warded the puppy for the operation the next day.
IV dextrose saline drip given
Xylazine 0.2 ml IV via the drip.
5 minutes later, isoflurane gas by mask. Intubate. 2-3% maintenance. No problem.
Skin incision around 6 inches (15 cm long). excised. The tip of brownish red liver was visible. The stomach was just below. It was swollen and looked "crumpled". Deep pink in colour suggestive of an inflammation going on due to the foreign body hair band being there for 5 days. I could exteriorise easily as it was impacted with the hair band inside.
incision 3-cm long.
Between both ends at avascular
Suturing the stomach.
2. Muscular coat. It has 3 layers
- outer longitudinal layer,
inner circular layer and
innermost oblique layer. As in a
stitched 2 rows of continuous inverting
suture at 4 mm apart. |
3. - simple interrupted sutures one cm apart.
4. Skin - horizontal mattress suture 1.0 cm apart.
5. IV baytril given. Dextrose saline drip is continued. Electrolytes for next 2 days. No solid food to permit the stomach to heal.
Post-op Management. Best
not to go home for the next 7
days. How long should the
stomach not be given solid food?
How long does it take the mucosa
layer to heal? The answers vary.
By the 3rd day, I give A/D diet.
Antibiotics are given by
injections. Careful monitoring.
The owners were phoned to visit
the puppy as this is a high-risk
case and anything can happen.
3rd year vet student from
Murdoch Univ saw the surgery.
His job was to take pictures.
During an earlier discussion
prior to seeing the X-rays and
the case, he
had thought that the hair band
would be easily passed out and
therefore wait and see rather
than operate on a high-risk
puppy. What if the puppy dies on
the operating table?
The purpose of the pictures is to make veterinary surgery and clinical anatomy come alive for him and the others. Lectures are very dull and I presume they are the same format as my lectures some 40 years ago. I presume a lecturer will drone on and on and the students just sit and take notes? No real dog stomach surgery during lectures for practical and anti-animal cruelty reasons. I hope these pictures of real case may be helpful for 4th year students. It took me 2 hours to process them. I took 10 minutes to do the surgery! I prefer the latter anytime. A video clip is produced by Ms Daphne Low. See: Gastrotomy educational video for 4th & 5th year vet students
After seeing the hair band was large, he agreed that the only option was surgical removal. He found the surgery interesting as he was going into the 4th year. This operation would bring veterinary surgery alive during his lecture. I asked him to write a report. No way! He had enough of writing for his examinations. The young ones are a visual breed. Writing and recording help in archiving and understanding the process. One can review the records at leisure or refer to them. Sometimes, what steps to improve for the next surgery can be forthcoming after the review.
Hair bands to tie up the hair into a pony tail. I never took any notice of the vast variety of hair bands being worn by ladies and girls in Singapore till now. As for the maid, I asked the man who met me on the 4th day. "I better not take the puppy home till his skin wound heals," he was worried about the large skin cut. "The skin wound breakdown is never a serious problem," I replied. "You ought to worry about the stitch breakdown of the stomach wound as that would be disastrous for the puppy!"
Well, so far so good. The puppy was just his normal self. I asked the man where the caregiver was. "She is very upset for the past few days," he told me. His family members had said the same thing.
"Will you make her pay for the surgery?" I asked. "No," he said firmly. He was a successful man although I do not know what he was doing for a living. This was the first time we met as the maid was a very efficient person who spoke excellent English and who brought the puppy in for veterinary matters.
The man was quite happy that the puppy was OK. On the 6th day, I noted that the puppy had lost 1.2 kg and would increase his feeding to 4 times per day. He had passed stools and was normal as a puppy. Yesterday a Rottweiler pup of 4 months of age was brought inside the animal holding area where he was to weigh the Rottweiler puppy on my animal electronic weighing scale. He barked so loudly that the Rottweiler got frightened. He would make a good guard dog.
Gastrotomy educational video for 4th & 5th year vet students
Be Kind To Pets