Gastrointestinal foreign bodies in dogs and cats
Dogs and cats may ingest an object that can pass down the oesophagus (gullet) but is unable to pass out of the stomach or along the intestine (guts). This is known as a gastrointestinal foreign body. Symptoms of this usually include vomiting, loss of appetite and depression. Urgent medical supportive care along with surgical removal is usually required to prevent possible blockage or perforation of the digestive tract, which might lead to overwhelming infection (peritonitis), shock and death.