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Veterinarian Technician November 2010 (Vol 31, No 11)

Final View: Going Fishing

by John Cuthbertson, LVT

    Bourbon, a 2.5-year-old boxer, presented to our clinic after his owner saw him ingest one of his rubber toys. Bourbon, a “repeat offender,” had previously been seen by us for ingesting a sock. On arrival, Bourbon was asymptomatic and very alert and responsive, but he began to vomit shortly after presentation. After the physical examination, abdominal radiography was performed, revealing a fish-shaped toy within the stomach. Preanesthetic laboratory work revealed no abnormalities. During gastrotomy, a yellow, rubber toy fish was removed. We called this surgery “Going Fishing.” Bourbon had an uneventful recovery.

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