Crunch’s canine vomiting episode

Crunch is a lovely black Labrador who, like many Labradors, has eaten something she shouldn’t have. She comes into the clinic because she has been sick many times overnight and is now quite lethargic and quiet. Our Reception staff have booked her into our morning emergency consultations because there is a worry that she may have an obstruction.


Crunch sees the Vet who determines that her condition is worrying enough to warrant admission to the clinic for further investigations. An intravenous catheter is placed in Crunch’s arm to improve her hydration and this is set up with a pump to carefully regulate the amount of fluid she receives. Her Vet also takes a blood sample which can be analysed in our laboratory for results within half an hour.


The next step is to take Crunch to the diagnostics suite where we can use our digital X-ray machine and the ultrasound machine to assess her intestines and decide how best to proceed. The ultrasound image shows her intestines are not moving much at all and her Xray picture is suggestive of a blockage.

The Vet calls Crunch’s owner to report to them all that has been found and advise them that an anaesthetic is required.

Crunch rests in the large walk-in kennel reserved for our larger and critical in-patients, whilst the operating theatre is set up for surgery. A pre-medication is given to Crunch including sedation and pain relief.

Once she is drowsy from her sedation, Crunch is moved to our Preparation Room where her vet will fully anaesthetise her. Crunch can then be washed in our dedicated Tub table if necessary and her hair will be clipped to prevent contamination of the Operating Theatre. Because Crunch’s X ray showed a problem in her stomach and not her intestines, her vet decides to use the endoscope to have a look in her stomach before proceeding to surgery. Crunch is very lucky because her vet manages to see the problem and with some skilful work with special endoscopy tools, a large meat wrapping is caught and carefully removed without the need for major internal surgery!

Crunch can now be slowly brought round from her anaesthetic. Once she is awake enough, her oxygen tube will be removed and her nurse will carefully monitor her on a comfortable bed in kennels. Now that the problem has been removed, Crunch can recover with medications to help her stomach and get back to her happy self as soon as possible.