Gastrointestinal obstruction occurs when contents of the intestinal tract are prevented from moving through the tract, usually due to a foreign object. Obstructions can be partial or complete.
The most common cause of a gastrointestinal obstruction is a foreign body. Therefore, we often see these in Labradors, beagles and other breeds that think with their stomachs.
Partial obstructions cause vomiting and sometimes diarrhoea or lethargy over days/weeks. Complete obstructions cause intractable vomiting, abdominal pain and no faeces.
Gastrointestinal obstructions are usually diagnosed by imaging with xrays or ultrasound.
Partial obstructions can sometimes be managed medically. However, complete obstructions are much more serious and require surgery - usually quickly! There is a risk of damage to the gastrointestinal system and even rupture the longer it is left.
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