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Intussusception calls for exploratory laparotomy


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Aggressive treatment Treatment of dogs with an intussusception should include hospitalization and aggressive treatment, as clinical deterioration is often rapid and can be fatal. Most of these cases are surgical emergencies. Aggressive fluid and electrolyte therapy is extremely important. Antibiotics are usually prescribed and the veterinarian should also recommend a specific post-operative diet.

The prognosis for dogs with an intussusception is variable, depending on the severity and degree of the intussusception and the associated clinical signs seen in the dog. Routine veterinary care will eliminate many predisposing factors, although many cases cannot be prevented. If the dog has a recurrence of signs, most often seen within the first week of surgery, the owner should contact the veterinarian at once.

Dr. Hoskins is owner of DocuTech Services. He can be reached at (225) 955-3252; fax: (214) 242-2200.


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