Intestinal Blockage Question

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Postby maberi » June 4th, 2010, 1:50 pm

Do blockages of the intestinal tract always show up on x-rays?
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Postby Malli » June 4th, 2010, 1:56 pm

no. It depends on if the item is radiodense or if it isn't, if the body makes gas pockets around the blockage that are visible, sometimes there aren't any visible indications from xray.
There is also the option of a Barium series, which utilizes Barium and xrays, but nothing is sure fire, even surgery(I've seen things missed on exploratories).
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Postby maberi » June 4th, 2010, 1:58 pm

Hmmm, ok

I have a friend who's pit stopped eating and drinking yesterday and started projectile vomiting (looked and smelled of feces). The vet has done two rounds of x-rays and nothing has shown up. The dog is eating small amounts of food today though but she just shot me an e-mail saying the dog just pooped foam :|
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Postby Malli » June 4th, 2010, 2:01 pm

I believe foam wouldn't show up.

Anything like that. cloth, rubber, foam, from what I've seen doesn't show.

There could be more or, that could have been it, maybe they got lucky :|
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Postby maberi » June 4th, 2010, 2:04 pm

Malli wrote:There could be more or, that could have been it, maybe they got lucky :|


Yep, that is what I'm hoping. He is eating today so hopefully things will continue to improve

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Postby BigDogBuford » June 4th, 2010, 2:46 pm

If the dog has eaten something that won't show up on xray, they usually diagnose a blockage looking at symptoms and how the 'guts' look in general on xray (distended, bunched up etc).
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Postby mnp13 » June 4th, 2010, 3:08 pm

maberi wrote:Do blockages of the intestinal tract always show up on x-rays?

No, Connor's didn't.

Is the dog eating and drinking?
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Postby maberi » June 4th, 2010, 3:20 pm

mnp13 wrote:Is the dog eating and drinking?


Was able to eat some chicken and rice today and played a little with one of their other dogs
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Postby LMM » June 4th, 2010, 3:39 pm

otis had xrays done and while you couldnt tell it was pantyhose you definitely could see something
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Postby maberi » June 4th, 2010, 3:40 pm

LMM wrote:otis had xrays done and while you couldnt tell it was pantyhose you definitely could see something


Your dogs aren't having any luck. The dog I'm referring to is Woody...
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Postby LMM » June 4th, 2010, 3:55 pm

Noooooooo! :(
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Postby DeeNtheChillas » June 4th, 2010, 9:54 pm

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