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Sand impaction of the small intestine in eight dogs

Moles, A.D., McGhite, A., Schaaf, O.R. and Read, R. (2010) Sand impaction of the small intestine in eight dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 51 (1). pp. 29-33.

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Objective: To describe signalment, clinical findings, imaging and treatment of intestinal sand impaction in the dog.

Methods: Medical records of dogs with radiographic evidence of small intestinal sand impaction were reviewed.

Results: Sand impaction resulting in small intestinal obstruction was diagnosed in eight dogs. All dogs presented with signs of vomiting. Other clinical signs included anorexia, lethargy and abdominal pain. Radiographs confirmed the presence of radio-opaque material consistent with sand causing distension of the terminal small intestine in all dogs. Four dogs were treated surgically for their impaction and four dogs were managed medically. Seven of the eight dogs survived.

Clinical Significance: Both medical and surgical management of intestinal sand impaction in the dog can be effective and both afford a good prognosis for recovery.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 2010 British Small Animal Veterinary Association
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