Gastrointestinal Foreign Body
What it is: An inedible object, such as a fruit pit or a toy, becomes lodged in some portion of the stomach or intestines and disrupts digestion.
Whom it affects: Cats and dogs.
Possible symptoms: If your pet got hold of something and swallowed it, he’ll probably have trouble keeping food down. Your pet may vomit, may refuse to eat, and could become lethargic.
Treatment: If a foreign body is suspected, a veterinarian will probably take X-rays or perform a sonogram to confirm that a foreign object has been ingested. If the foreign object is in the stomach and easy to grab, it can sometimes be removed with an endoscopy. But many cases require surgery.
Prevention: The best way avoid the vet’s office is to be cautious about what’s lying around the house and to keep an eye on animals while they play. Cats are often attracted to linear foreign objects, like string and hair ties, while dogs may accidently swallow toys and harmful food items, such as corncobs, fruit pits, and bones.