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Veterinarian Technician August 2009 (Vol 30, No 8)

Final View — Insatiable Hunger

    Submitted by the technicians at Animal Clinic, Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

    A 4-year-old, 54-lb Siberian husky, 1 week away from whelping, came to our clinic because she was lethargic and not eating. On examination, palpation of the abdomen was painful. Radiographs revealed multiple fetuses and a large radiopaque density in the midabdominal area. The patient was taken to surgery for a cesarean section as well as an abdominal exploratory laparotomy and gastrotomy. One live puppy and three resorbed fetuses were removed from the uterus and the following contents were removed from the stomach: 36 rocks of various shapes and sizes, three 6-inch tubes of used pet toothpaste, two nylon leashes, a large metal bottle cap, a ball of baling twine, multiple pieces of glass, five nails, a rusty 4-inch bolt, a washer, fabric softener sheets, an intact wishbone, cellophane wrappers, folded paper, twigs, an 18-inch piece of cloth, a package of fuses, a rubber band, a 200-sheet box of tissues and numerous unidentifiable objects. Luckily, the patient recovered and the mother and puppy are doing well.

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