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Posted on 03-19-2014

What do you do if your pet ingests a foreign object?

Austin Dog VeterinarianHere are some tips from our veterinary hospital in Austin.

An object stuck in your pet's throat can cause choking. If you believe you can retrieve the object manually and safely, reach into your pet's mouth and attempt to fish the object out.  It the object remains lodged, rush the animal to our veterinary hospital in Austin for emergency pet surgery to open the airway and retrieve the object.  Call either of our after hour veterinary hospitals for instructions and let us know you are on your way.

If your pet managed to actually swallow the foreign object, do not assume that he can pass it normally! An object with points or sharp edges can do tremendous internal damage and/or get stuck in the intestine, requiring major animal surgery to remove the object and repair any damage.  The sooner you get your pet to our Austin veterinarian the better, even if your pet shows no signs of discomfort. As long as the object has not passed into the intestines, our Austin veterinarian can often use an endoscope to remove it without resorting to major pet surgery.

Prevention is your best weapon against a pet emergency involving the ingestion of foreign objects. During the holiday season, for example, hang any decorations from a point high enough to prevent ground-level mouths from eating them. Do not leave any hardware, small toys, or other objects lying around on countertops, floors or low-lying shelves.

Your Resource for Animal Surgery and Other Emergency Care

If an emergency occurs, your after hours veterinarian in Austin is standing by to help. Both of our locations are open nights during the week and our 24 hour veterinarians are available on weekends and holidays. Keep our information handy -- it could save your pet's life! 

Has your pet ever frightened you with a choking episode? Share the story with us!

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