Immediate and aggressive intravenous fluid treatment will need to be given if your dog is dehydrated, and your dog's electrolyte imbalances will need to be treated as well. Your veterinarian will initially work on stabilizing your dog and addressing any signs of dehydration before working on other treatment plans. A sodium solution may also be given if your dog is found to have hyponatremia. Following any surgical procedure, it is recommended that you limit your dog's daily activity until a complete recovery has taken place. Antibiotics are often administered to reduce the likelihood of a potential infection developing.
In the case where a foreign object is found to be causing the obstruction, or a complete block is present, surgery will need to be initiated to correct the issue. If your veterinarian believes the intestinal tissue is ulcerated as a result of the irritation, medications can be prescribed to encourage healing and prevent infection.
It is important to maintain fluids following the surgical procedure to prevent dehydration. Most recurrence issues occur within the first several weeks of the animal's surgery, so this is the time for more careful observation. Your doctor will advise you on an appropriate diet for the days following surgery or treatment. Generally, they will be small, easily digestible meals for the first several days, and depending on your dog's recovery, the diet can return to normal once the issue has resolved.
Vaccination against parvovirus have proven to be promising for some dogs in the prevention of this medical condition and others.
The insertion of one part of the intestine into the next part
The slowdown of circulation of blood
Anything pertaining to the blood vessel system in the body
A condition of dead tissue
The falling forward of something, usually visceral
Lower levels of potassium in the blood than normal
The term for black feces that has blood in it
The act of throwing up blood
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
The process of making something larger by dilating or stretching it
A medical condition in which the small intestines are inflamed
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts