A 4-month-old female golden retriever puppy was presented to us with the history of constant vomiting for a day. A thorough physical examination revealed pain in the abdomen. We immediately got an abdominal x-ray done which showed a foreign body lodged in the intestine.
Minimally invasive gastro-duodenoscopy was attempted to retrieve the object, however, the object was not seen! The object had descended further! Hence, the procedure was immediately converted to an enterotomy and a golden bell was retrieved from the small intestine. The intestine was aseptically sutured. The pup has recovered very well and is up to her mischief!
a timely diagnosis of such events especially in puppies is paramount. Often, a sock/ bell/ stone can move out of the stomach and descend into the intestine and get lodged. We always advise keeping small knick-knacks and easily ingestible toys away from puppies!