Richview Animal Hospital Provides Enterotomy Procedures

Animals sometimes think anything is edible, and they will try to consume bones, rocks, or any other foreign objects. However, this habit can cause an obstruction in their gastrointestinal systems. These blockages can cause serious health problems and can even lead to death. Veterinarians are trained to do enterotomy procedures, which involve an incision in the gastrointestinal system to remove offending objects.  At Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, ON, we perform surgical procedures, such as enterotomy, to help pets with these problems.

What Is an Enterotomy?

An enterotomy is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision into the intestines. This type of surgery is performed when x-rays and other testing confirms a gastrointestinal blockage. Enterotomy procedures are done routinely by veterinarians and generally have good outcomes. The risk of complication is low and usually involves infection of the incision, which can be managed effectively with antibiotics.

Why Is an Enterotomy Performed?

An enterotomy is generally used to remove foreign bodies that become stuck in an animal’s intestines, blocking normal intestinal function. Dogs, in particular, will ingest bones, rocks, pieces of rubber, pet toys, cloth, children’s toys, or any other unlikely item. These can become stuck in the narrow passageways of the intestines, preventing the passage of food and waste through the gastrointestinal system. Intestinal blockages can cause animals to become very ill and unable to feed normally. Surgery to remove foreign objects and restore normal gastrointestinal function is needed to prevent life-threatening consequences.

Recovery from an Enterotomy Procedure

After surgery, the vet will provide IV fluids, pain medications, and will carefully monitor the animal for any problems. When your pet is ready to go home, you will be given detailed instructions on feeding, acceptable activity levels, and medications for recovery. Generally, animals will begin eating normally after 24 hours. However, you should monitor your pet closely for vomiting, signs of pain, fever, or lethargy. Your vet will discuss measures that will help to prevent your pet from experiencing the problem in the future.

Make Richview Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Etobicoke

Dr. Sterbinsky and the rest of our team at Richview Animal Hospital combine their training and many years of experience to provide quality care for pets in Etobicoke, ON, and the nearby communities. Our animal clinic offers a broad range of pet care services, including wellness exams, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, vaccinations, dental care, and pet boarding. Call Richview Animal Hospital today at 416-245-8805 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about surgical procedures that can restore animals to good health.

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