Age: 10 Months
Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
Diagnosis: Foreign Body Obstruction
At 10 months, Rascal is still very much a kitten. He spends his time playing with the two children in the house and his rescue dog brother. When Rascal began vomiting and not acting like his normal energetic self his owner knew there was something wrong. She brought him to their normal veterinarian where they treated him for a GI upset and sent him home with medication to help stop the vomiting. They told his owner to monitor his symptoms and to give them a call if he worsens.
After, four days the symptoms took a turn for the worse and Rascal was no longer eating. His owner called their veterinarian but because it was a Saturday they were closed. That was when she called our hospital to see if we had any available appointments. She brought Rascal in as an Urgent Care exam and saw Dr. Kristi Peterson. After the examination, Dr. Peterson immediately suspected a foreign body obstruction. Our technicians preformed radiographs that confirmed that there was in fact a foreign object in Rascal's intestines causing an obstruction and that he would need surgery immediately in order to save his life.
Dr. Peterson preformed the foreign body surgery on Rascal after the hospital closed. The surgery was successful and she was able to removed 3 rubber bands that Rascal had ingested. Rascal recovered quickly and the next morning he was already back to his active kitten self. While it might seem strange for an animal to eat a rubber band it's all too common. We are so happy that we could support Rascal's family during this difficult time and now he can go back to his normal life.