Foreign Body Removal In McKinney, TX

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What Is Foreign Body Removal?

As dogs explore the world, they could end up eating a foreign object, like a rock, toy, clothing item, bone, or coin. Similarly, cats have been known to swallow objects, like plant materials, string, and small toys. Unfortunately, some non-food items are not passable through the digestive tract, which could lead to a partial or complete GI obstruction. If you believe your pet may have ingested a foreign object, we encourage you to seek prompt care. At Pet Method in McKinney, TX, Dr. Hunter Finn specializes in highly effective methods to clear an obstruction, including foreign body removal surgery. Our practice understands the worrisome nature of these situations, but rest assured, we will make sure the surgical experience is as stress-free as possible.


What to Expect with Foreign Body Removal

Dr. Finn will perform a full exam and conduct imaging tests, like x-rays, to pinpoint the location of the foreign body, followed by quick action for removal. If necessary, emergency surgery may be performed to dislodge the foreign body. Prior to surgery, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia. Whenever possible, minimally invasive techniques will be utilized. For more invasive procedures, an incision will be made in the abdomen, followed by extracting the foreign object and carefully closing the area with sutures. The duration of the surgery can vary based on the placement and size of the foreign body. After surgery, our team will provide post-operative instructions to help your furry family member make a full recovery.

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Foreign Body Removal for Dogs and Cats

In the event that your pet is ill after consuming a foreign object, you should seek immediate medical treatment. Early signs of foreign body obstruction in dogs and cats include abdominal tenderness, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. At Pet Method, our expert veterinary team performs foreign body removal services in McKinney, TX. Please contact us today.

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    Foreign Body Removal FAQs

    Foreign body removal cost is a highly variable amount. One factor that can influence the cost of this surgery is the size of your pet and the location of the foreign body in their GI system. In addition, surgery can often contain unpredictable costs and events.

    If your pet has pet insurance, please bring this up with your provider in the surgery consultation. Your coverage will depend on your plan. However, our team is dedicated to helping you find a way to afford your pet's care, whether that is through insurance or a low-to-no-interest payment plan.

    The length of your pet's procedure may depend on the location of the object in their body. Typically, the procedure can be expected to last between 1 — 4 hours. Your pet may need to be kept for observation after surgery to ensure their health and recovery.