Rocky’s Story…..

by admin on July 6th, 2010

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 Rocky's Story

Rocky the black Labrador certainly lived up to his name after he decided that eating a rock from the beach was a good idea! As lot of labs tend to be, Rocky was known by his owners for being a bit of a scavenger so when he started behaving out of sorts a couple of weeks ago, they began to worry that he’d eaten something nasty…


He was brought into the clinic looking very lethargic and sorry for himself. His owners said he’d been vomiting and passing diarrhoea for the past couple of days and had gone off his food. On examination, he was clearly uncomfortable and was letting out painful groans.

It was decided to admit Rocky so the team could investigate further. He had some blood taken, and this showed that he was very dehydrated, which warranted putting him on a drip. He was then x-rayed to see if there was anything amiss in his tummy!


As he was so flat, he didn’t need any sedation for his x-rays so it was easy to just lie him on the table and take some radiographs.  Looking at the x-rays, it was obvious what the problem was – a large stone-shaped object in his intestines! About 4cm in diameter, it was no wonder poor Rocky was in such discomfort. As well as a stone on his radiographs, there was a long line of “gravel” snaking its way down his colon. As these were only small in size, it was decided that he would be able to pass them normally on his own, but he would need surgery to remove the large stone.


Rocky was prepped and anaesthetised for his operation. During the procedure, the stomach was thoroughly explored but was empty, so all there seemed to be was the stone in the large intestines as expected. A small section of the jejunum was removed as it was damaged from the stone attempting to pass through it, but this was to be expected. The whole surgery took about an hour in total and, once woken up, Rocky was ready to be taken back to his kennel to recover.  After such a serious operation, the next 24 hours were going to be critical and he needed intensive nursing throughout the afternoon, evening and night.


The next morning, Rocky was bright and alert and was eager to go for a quick walk outside. He was even feeling well enough to try some breakfast! He was only allowed one tablespoon of tinned gastrointestinal diet to begin with so the nurses could make sure he didn’t bring it back up again. After keeping it down for an hour, his feeding continued throughout the day with little amounts at a time.

By the afternoon, Rocky’s family came to visit him and were extremely pleased with how well he was looking, considering how ill he’d been just a day ago. As he was so much better, Mr Smith decided to send him home and for his owners to bring him back the following day for a post-op check.


Rocky is continuing to do well at home with his family and has made a full recovery. Lets just hope he’s learnt that a diet of gravel and stones isn’t such a good idea for the future!

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by admin on July 6th, 2010

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