No more ball games for Charlotte

Four year old Charlotte was presented to us because she had been off her food, lethargic and vomiting. Our veterinarian performed a physical examination and felt a lump in her abdomen. It was decided that we would need to take some radiographs of Charlotte's abdomen to investigate further.

The radiographs confirmed that Charlotte had an unknown mass in her abdomen that was causing a blockage in the small intestine and causing her to vomit and go off her food. Charlotte required exploratory laparotomy surgery to remove the foreign object.

The surgery was very successful and our veterinarian removed two pieces of what looked like a rubber ball. Charlotte has made a full recovery and was eating again the very next day. She knows now not to play with small objects.

It is important when choosing any type of toy for your dog that the toy is large enough that your dog cannot swallow it whole and get it stuck in their throat or esophagus. Keep an eye on your dog when they are chewing squeaky toys or rubber balls so they do not accidentally swallow part of it. Visit the links below to find out more about choosing the right toys for your dog.