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What is Intestinal Obstruction?
Intestinal obstruction in dogs refers to complete or partial blockage of fluid and food flow through the small intestines. This is fairly common in dogs as they are often indiscriminate eaters. During obstruction, blood supply to the GI tract can become compromised, leading to necrosis (death) of intestinal tissue and possible perforation. Bacteria from the bowels can spill into the abdominal cavity causing septic peritonitis. Obstruction can be deadly if not caught and treated early. Emergency surgery is often required to remove the obstruction and any dead tissue.
Intestinal obstructions is very painful for dogs and can be quite dangerous if left untreated. During obstruction, blood supply can become compromised, and perforation can lead to septic peritonitis. It is important to contact a veterinarian immediately for treatment options.
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