Thoracic Foxtail Foreign Body in 4-year-Old Intact Male Labrador: Our Case Of the Month December 2020
Ninja move pays off after a check of the right auricle was done following an unremarkable abdominal ultrasound on a 4-year-old dog. A special thank you to Dr. Kris Willlaman from South Willamette Veterinary Clinic in Creswell, Oregon for the wonderful management of this case and Heidi Putnam from Animal Sounds NW for her ninja ultrasound skills!
A 4-year-old intact male labrador retriever was presented for depression, weight loss, intermittent vomiting bile, decreased appetite, and greenish, mucoid ocular discharge. Blood work revealed mild leukocytosis and mild hyperglobulinemia.
The prostate was uniformly enlarged with lobar swelling appearing to impinge upon the urethra and mildly deviate the descending colon. The spleen was slightly enlarged with minor scalloping contour. The mesenteric lymph nodes were mildly enlarged. The length to width ratio was maintained and measured 2.0 x 1.0 cm. Rapid view of the heart revealed no evidence of pathology. The extracardiac space revealed a 5.0 cm lung consolidation with regional pleural effusion. A 1.5 cm linear structure was noted in the lung field.