Bronwyn came to see us at Cogges Veterinary Surgery one weekend last month as she had developed significant vomiting and diarrhoea. She was still well in herself but quieter than usual. Her owner was concerned as Bronwyn is known for eating stones from their back garden. In view of this history we sedated her to take a series of x-rays to see if there was a foreign body such as a stone causing the vomiting and diarrhoea.
The x-rays showed her stomach was full of gravel; we estimated there were fifty plus medium sized stones!We suspected that the number of stones had built up slowly until her stomach could not handle it anymore causing Bronwyn to become unwell.
Bronwyn had managed to vomit up about twenty small stones, but there were so many still left in her stomach we had to remove them surgically. This operation requires the abdomen to be opened up, and all the stones to be removed manually from the stomach through a small incision.
Once all the stones were removed, her stomach was sutured closed, and her abdomen was flushed thoroughly. Bronwyn received intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pain relief and was monitored closely while she recovered.
By the evening, she was feeling a lot better, she was able to drink and even ate a small meal. The following day she was able to go home with her troublesome stoney snack washed and in a bag for her owner to see…there were 49 stones removed!
Bronwyn is doing very well after her surgery and we hope her stone eating habit has stopped.