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Allambee’s fishing trip

 Allambee is a beautiful 10-month-old American Staffy that presented to the Moe Vet Centre on a sunny Saturday afternoon after a day of fishing with her owners. As everyone was getting ready to go home, Allambee swallowed a baited hook attached to some fishing line!  Fish hooks can cause many problems in our canine friends. The hook may become lodged anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract. Common places include in the soft palate (at the back of the mouth), in the oesophagus as it passes through the chest, or in the stomach. If left in place, hooks can cause life-threatening infections, ulcers and pain. It is also possible for hooks to migrate through the wall of the intestinal tract, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake! The fishing line attached to hooks can also cause trouble. While the hook gets lodged, the gut still tries to move the line through. This causes the intestine to concertina up on itself. This can lead to irreparable damage unless caught early.Luckily for Allambee, her owners brought her straight to the Moe Vet Centre. She was admitted to hospital, where X-rays were taken of her neck, chest and abdomen, to locate the offending hook. It is important for us to know where the hook is, so that we can determine the best way to remove it.On X-ray, Allambee’s fish hook was found to be in her stomach. Sometimes, when hooks are lodged in the oesophagus, a fiberoptic endoscope (a very long, flexible video camera) can be used to visualise the hook and remove it. Unfortunately, as Allambee’s hook had passed into her stomach, it was not possible to remove it using the endoscope. Instead, Allambee’s hook was removed surgically, by making a small incision into the stomach (gastrotomy) to retrieve the hook. Allambee had an uneventful recovery from surgery, and has thankfully, not suffered any complications from her hook. She stays at home now while her owners go fishing!

Dr. Paula McIntyre with Allambee after his stay in hospital.

 

 

X-rays allowed the fishing hook’s location to be identified within the stomach.

 

Surgery was performed to remove the hook via a small incision in the stomach.