Bertie was initially seen by lead vet Richard at our Pulborough branch. Bertie presented with a sudden onset retching and not wanting to eat.
Bertie is otherwise a very healthy young man. Without delay, knowing our endoscope may be required, Richard referred him to our 24 hour Storrington hospital to investigate the possibility of a foreign body being lodged in his throat.
Once anaesthetised, Storrington vet Christian was able to examine his throat and spot a tiny glimpse of a blade of grass poking out from behind his soft palate. With the assistance of our endoscope, we were able to see how big this blade of grass was and it’s exact location and then very carefully remove this without causing further trauma. The blade of grass turned out to be 10cm long, and certainly one of the longest blades we’ve removed.
Whilst Bertie was anaesthetised, we used the opportunity to give his teeth a good clean. Bertie is now sporting a set of impressive pearly whites!
Bertie was discharged shortly afterwards with some anti-inflammatory medication and we are delighted to report he has made a complete recovery from his ordeal. His owner tells us the first thing he did on his return was dive into his food bowl!