The staff at Rock Bridge Animal Hospital met Buddy for the first time in November 2010, shortly after becoming a new member of the Fuller family. Buddy is a handsome 5 year old yellow Labrador Retriever Mix. He was adopted from the Humane Society about 4 years ago and fate found him with his loving family.
Buddy’s family had decided that he was the one for them, but before they took him home they left the shelter to go and purchase a collar and leash for their new family member. When they returned to pick him up, he had been adopted by another individual and was no longer at the shelter.
They decided to go back to the Humane Society about a week later and Buddy had been returned.
Luckily, Buddy found his forever home with his new family.
Buddy is a frequent guest at Rock Bridge Animal Hospital when his family is out of town. He is generally a happy healthy boy, but on February 24th he was brought in on emergency. Buddy had started vomiting the day before and was not eating. On examination his abdomen did not feel normal. Dr. Forbes could feel a long hardened object and recommended x-rays to see if there was a possible foreign body. Sure enough, there appeared to be a blockage. Buddy was taken into surgery to remove the foreign body.
Dr. Forbes removed a sock that Buddy had decided to snack on. Luckily, it was removed before his intestines became too damaged. Foreign bodies can cause multiple problems for pets, but the longer they are present the more severe the problems can become. Buddy’s family had noticed the vomiting and loss of appetite and responded quickly. Buddy’s intestines were still fairly healthy.
After spending a few days in the hospital, Buddy was ready to go home. He was very
excited when his family came to visit him. He is now at home where he can enjoy his green treat ball and peanut butter bones. He loves spending to with the cats, who he has tried to befriend. Buddy has also done an excellent job encouraging the kids to keep the house clean, so there are no more “snacks” to find.