Star pet - Duke
Wonderful Duke ( age 9 years) is a star pet after having major surgery when he ate something he shouldn't! 
Duke was brought in to see vet Kathryn after he lost his appetite and started vomiting. On examination Duke was dehydrated and his abdomen was very tender. More tests were needed to investigate the cause of his symptoms, especially given Duke's notorious history of eating things he shouldn't. Duke was admitted to the hospital for some blood tests and an x-ray. Visible on the x-ray was an object within the small intestine.Duke was going to need an operation for it to be removed.





He was placed onto an intravenous drip to correct his dehydration and replace nutrients lost from being sick. Vet Nigel, with the assistance of a nurse, administered a general anaesthetic and Duke was prepared for surgery. Nigel was able to isolate the object within the small intestine and carried out a procedure called an enterotomy to extract it.





Out popped a teddy bear head which was identified as a Sylvanian family bear! Nigel carefully closed the incision site made in the small intestine and then checked the rest of the intestine to ensure that no other foreign material was found (some objects cannot be seen on an x-ray). Lastly Nigel sutured Duke's abdomen closed and Duke was recovered from the anaesthetic. Duke stayed in the hospital for 24 hours and was such a good boy.

The nurses monitored his progress and it was lovely to see him start to eat again - this is always a good sign that a patient is feeling better. Duke went home, but a few days later, he suffered a set back and needed further surgery. We are happy to say that Duke is now better and is no longer allowed in the children's play room!


For his bravery and sweet, gentle nature, Duke is a much deserved star pet! 
(Pictured with Rufus)












 



             
   







                                    
   













 
 



 


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