Read some of the exceptional stories of miracles and medicine that have occurred at
Trinity Veterinary Hospital!
ABDOMINAL FOREIGN BODY
Blue presented to Trinity Veterinary Hospital for ongoing vomiting despite receiving care at another
hospital over the weekend. Dr. Williams examined Blue and determined she was significantly
dehydrated and had mild abdominal pain on palpation. Radiographs were taken but nothing was
distinctly obvious at the time. Barium (a contrast agent that is easy to see on radiographs) was given to
help identify a potential foreign body within the GI tract. Most of the barium passed into the colon but
some was still caught up in the small intestines. This was suspicious but not definitive for a foreign body
or other surgical lesion. Dr. Bonds performed and abdominal ultrasound and found thickened intestines
and circling intestinal fluid. It was determined that Blue required surgery for a potential foreign body or
intussusception (where one loop of intestine inverts inside of another). Dr. Williams performed an
abdominal exploratory on Blue and found a piece of stick about 1.5 inches in diameter and a sock stuck
within the GI tract. The piece of stick was just about to perforate the intestinal wall which would have
most likely been deadly for Blue. Luckily the stick and sock were carefully removed. Blue recovered
very well and was already starting to eat the next day. Blue was very lucky to survive, without the
combined effort of Dr. Williams and Dr. Bonds the outcome might not have been good for Blue.
Typically, if the intestines perforate there is a less than 30% survival rate.
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND & ABDOMINAL MASS
Jessie's is one LUCKY girl! She was found on the streets and did not trust anyone that tried to touch her. A loving family finally caught her and as you can see she has been spoiled ever since. She was seen by Dr. Carey Bonds for a cough that the owner had been told was due to a heart condition. On examination it was noted that her stomach was distended and palpation was inconclusive as she was tense on exam. Dr. Bonds performed the ultrasound which revealed a large mass of undetermined origin (we couldn't tell where it attached). The liver and spleen were the most likely areas of attachment but were both clear of any masses. Our only options at this point were to keep Jessie as comfortable as possible or surgically explore the are to see if there was anything that could be removed. The owners wanted to make sure we tried everything possible so Dr. Kent Williams explored the abdomen and found the mass originated from the Cecum (somewhat like the appendix in humans). The mass was able to be resected and Jessie is doing great post-operatively! Even though the ultrasound did not give us the ability to find the origin, it did allow us to look into organs and lymph nodes for possible metastasis and other disease processes. With no obvious signs of metastasis and the mass being completely removed, Jessie's prognosis is excellent!
FOXTAIL: Brodie is a free spirit and absolutely LOVES being a country dog. He helps his dad with chores, riding tractors, feeding horses and all things outdoors. Within the past 6 months Brodie has been diagnosed with a tick infection, possible leptospirosis, and go tangled up under an ATV (keep reading - this part leads to the next problem). Brodie would get better and then worse and it was a rollercoaster of problems. He had developed a knot on his side which was not painful and was stable for several months. One day this ruptured to the outside and was an obvious abscess. He had multiple treatments at the vet clinic and eventually the infection had to be cut out by Dr. Williams. At the heart of the abscess was a SINGLE FOXTAIL SEED! This abscess has become life threatening to him as the bacteria present is very resistant to most antibiotics. He is receiving daily injections of the only antibiotic that will treat it and so far is doing well!
SPLEENIC RUPTURE: Charlie is a 9 and a half year old Golden Retriever who is the sweetest boy and has nothing to give but love! He lives a normal life and loves getting to be with his family and play with his doggie-friends. One random evening, he started vomiting and not acting himself. By the next morning, he had completely lost his interest in food and water and did not want to move from his favorite spot in the yard. He was rushed to Trinity Veterinary Hospital where he was immediately examined by Dr. Carey Bonds, who noticed that his gum color was abnormal, and she immediately knew something potentially life threatening was occurring. She ran bloodwork on him and noticed that almost every value was abnormal. She took some x-rays and found a large amount of fluid in the abdomen which strongly suggested, along with the bloodwork, bleeding internally. He was rushed to emergency exploritory surgery to verify in there was a splenic tumor rupture or another cause of the problem. After a 3-hour long surgery, they were able to remove the spleen and Charlie made it through! With a lot of love from his family, he was able to recover and is doing great!