This week’s case is a 5-year-old female neutered German Shepherd presenting with an acute onset of vomiting for several days. What are your findings?
The liver and spleen are normal in size and shape. The stomach appears empty. There are two large curvilinear mineral opacities in the caudal abdomen that appear to be bone fragments, within the small intestine. The colon is gas filled and is completely visible along its length. There is granular material in the bowel loop at the dorsal aspect of the foreign body. The kidneys are normal in size and shape, and the urinary bladder is not visible. There is spondylosis deformans in the lumbar spine and S1 is a transitional vertebra.
Small intestinal foreign body causing mechanical obstruction
A celiotomy was performed, and the foreign body was removed from the distal third of the jejunum. There was evidence of intestinal perforation and adherent omentum, necessitating an intestinal resection.