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Foreign Body Procedure

Matt D

Savannah Teenager
#1
Hey all, our boy had a foreign body that needed to be removed a few days ago. The surgery went well and he is back home with us now. He has been very sluggish, mainly sleeping and eating and drinking very little as he has been sleeping main,y. Is this a problem? How much should we expect for him to be eating? He is on oral pain meds at this point as he has a rather large incision on his stomach.

Thanks!
 

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Paige
Staff member
#2
Hey all, our boy had a foreign body that needed to be removed a few days ago. The surgery went well and he is back home with us now. He has been very sluggish, mainly sleeping and eating and drinking very little as he has been sleeping main,y. Is this a problem? How much should we expect for him to be eating? He is on oral pain meds at this point as he has a rather large incision on his stomach.

Thanks!
Wow, Matt, sorry to hear that...the pain meds are making him sleepy more than likely. Have you asked your vet how long he needs to be on them?
 
#3
Is he eating/pooping/peeing like normal? If so- that's a great sign after having a foreign object removed.

I agree with Paige- it's probably the pain meds making him dopey, but always good to ask your vet! Me- I am a bit cautious on pain meds. I think pain is the body's way of saying, "STOP- SLOW DOWN!" and it can sometimes be a good thing for pets during recovery. I know that might sound mean and callous, but... I don't know. I just think pain meds can go overboard sometimes.
 

Per Lausund

Moderator
Staff member
#4
Sorry to hear about a foreign body, and happy to hear its been resolved, far too often they are left too long!
A foreign body in the intestinal tract usually gets to cause pain and discomfort a few days before anyone finds out what it is and gets to deal with it. When removing the object, your vet mast have to remove some damaged intestine along with it, this may prolong recovery and is pretty serious. You would be informed about this. A "normal" removal includes an incision which is stitched up and needs to heal afterwards, this takes some days depending on place and size of the cut. I would not expect anyone to be running around smiling after this! In addition, there has been stress, disease and discomfort/pain before the operation, recuperating from this takes a while. Pain meds usually cause artificial well-being: as is mentioned above, pain slows you down.
In sum, don't expect to get home a cat that climbs trees and catches up on the rats the first week, and also you should be in for a check-up after max three days. Good luck!
 

Matt D

Savannah Teenager
#6
Is he eating/pooping/peeing like normal? If so- that's a great sign after having a foreign object removed.

I agree with Paige- it's probably the pain meds making him dopey, but always good to ask your vet! Me- I am a bit cautious on pain meds. I think pain is the body's way of saying, "STOP- SLOW DOWN!" and it can sometimes be a good thing for pets during recovery. I know that might sound mean and callous, but... I don't know. I just think pain meds can go overboard sometimes.
He is peeing normally, no poop yet but he was on only fluids at the vet for a few days.

He ate a whole can of food this morning which is more than normal! They gave us a specific gastro food to use for a few days that is very bland and watery.

I agree, we are watching him with the pain meds. It definitely makes him drowsy.
 

Matt D

Savannah Teenager
#7
Sorry to hear about a foreign body, and happy to hear its been resolved, far too often they are left too long!
A foreign body in the intestinal tract usually gets to cause pain and discomfort a few days before anyone finds out what it is and gets to deal with it. When removing the object, your vet mast have to remove some damaged intestine along with it, this may prolong recovery and is pretty serious. You would be informed about this. A "normal" removal includes an incision which is stitched up and needs to heal afterwards, this takes some days depending on place and size of the cut. I would not expect anyone to be running around smiling after this! In addition, there has been stress, disease and discomfort/pain before the operation, recuperating from this takes a while. Pain meds usually cause artificial well-being: as is mentioned above, pain slows you down.
In sum, don't expect to get home a cat that climbs trees and catches up on the rats the first week, and also you should be in for a check-up after max three days. Good luck!
Per, thanks for the reply!

We caught it VERY early. He had no dead tissue that needed to be removed, he actually still had stool in his intestine so it wasn't blocked long.

He has been much better this morning, which is day 3 of being home. He was very vocal at the vet so they were afraid to get near him (ha!). We got him home and he was super lovey and very excited to be home.

I think he may have just needed to relax after being away as he he is acting much more normal today.

We have an appointment on Wednesday or Thursday to get the cone taken off. He hates the cone.....

Thanks!
 

Sue

Savannah Super Cat
#8
Glad to hear that he is doing better. I know that when Tink had surgery, she refused to eat at the vet's. She devoured a can of food as soon as we brought her home. After 3 days home, she was starting to jump up on the bed and onto the cat tree. Sue
 

ambiente18

Site Supporter
#9
Hey all, our boy had a foreign body that needed to be removed a few days ago. The surgery went well and he is back home with us now. He has been very sluggish, mainly sleeping and eating and drinking very little as he has been sleeping main,y. Is this a problem? How much should we expect for him to be eating? He is on oral pain meds at this point as he has a rather large incision on his stomach.

Thanks!
How do you understand that you have a foreign body?
 
#10
Vomiting, unable to keep anything down, the vomit tends to
Smell like poop. xrays with a barium swallow will usually show blockage. Very serious.
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