Double Foreign Body In 1-Year-Old Intact Female Labrador/Great Dane Mixed Breed: Our Case Of the Month 2021
"Take me out to the ball game, but don't eat the ball!" A very mischievous 1-year-old, female, Labrador/Great Dane mixed breed found herself in some serious GI trouble after ingesting the core of a softball AND an entire corn dog including the wooden stick. Diagnostic imaging was provided by Harold Mike Beard, DVM Diplomate ABVP (Canine and Feline), owner of West Prince Animal Hospital and skilled surgeon for this case as well. Image interpretation by SonoPath specialist R. McKenzie Daniel, DVM, DABVP.
A 1-year-old, intact female Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mixed breed was presented for intermittent vomiting. Physical exam found the patient to be thin with pale mucous membranes, and missing left foreleg. The patient was treated with Cerenia after owner deferred diagnostics; while on Cerenia no vomiting was reported. Abdominal ultrasound was performed 12 days after initial visit.
Gastrointestinal: The stomach presented moderate to marked gastric mural thickening with subjective intact wall layering primarily noted in the area of the gastric fundus and body. The ventral gastric body wall measured 1.7 cm in diameter. A mild amount of retained fluid and echogenic ingesta along with strongly shadowing mild asymmetrical to potentially ovoid luminal echo measuring 4.0-5.0 cm in diameter was present. Echogenic chyme was present in the area of the pylorus. No overt evidence of mechanical pyloric outflow obstruction. The small intestine presented intact wall layering with 1:3 muscularis/mucosa ratio. Segmental echogenic digesta/chyme was present without overt evidence of small bowel mechanical obstruction or foreign material. The duodenum wall measured 0.51 cm. The jejunum wall measured 0.40 cm. Free Abdomen: Regional perigastric reactive to potentially inflamed mesentery along with a small amount of scant perigastric to perihepatic fluid was present. Intermittent probable mildly prominent mildly hypoechoic perigastric lymph nodes were present, an example measured 1.0 cm in diameter.