We met Teddy Bear, the German Shepherd puppy, after his owners noticed he had been feeling unwell for days, gradually becoming weaker after bouts of vomiting.
The usually spritely German Shepherd was admitted to Animal Emergency Service Jindalee and assessed on the priority bench. Dr Mark Simmonds quickly stabilised Teddy, as he was incredibly dehydrated and in a great deal of pain, and to top it off there was a firm mass in his abdomen.
After Teddy was stabilised with pain relief and intravenous fluids, the Vets determined an ultrasound was necessary to determine the cause of his vomiting. The ultrasound allowed Dr Simmonds to assess his abdominal organs and gastrointestinal tract for abnormalities and intestinal obstructions.
Unfortunately, Teddy’s ultrasound showed he had developed a dangerous, life-threatening condition – an intussusception. An intussusception is caused by the intestines becoming trapped on top of each other, causing a section to lose blood supply, rapidly die off and break apart inside the abdomen.
His owners were faced with making a life-saving decision: Teddy would need to undergo surgery, approximately 60 cm of his intestine had died. That evening Teddy underwent emergency abdominal surgery to separate the trapped intestinal sections. Throughout the procedure, vets had to remove an entire section of the intestines, and then stitch them back together.
After a long and complicated surgery, Teddy began his road to recovery. The nurses at Animal Emergency Service stayed by Teddy’s bedside, checking his vital stats as he recovered and giving him plenty of cuddles and pats. The team quickly fell in love with his incredibly loving nature. He had shown such bravery throughout all the pain he was in, and after spending a few days recovering in the hospital, he was cleared to return home with a full bill of health.