This sweet face belongs to Luca, a one-year-old Pitbull. Luca was adopted from a Craigslist ad as a young puppy. He was very thin, dehydrated, had an unknown vaccination history. When he was five-months-old, he presented to the Animal Medical Center of Seattle Emergency Service for a several days history of vomiting and inappetence.
Luca’s abdominal exploratory surgery was performed by one of our amazing veterinary surgeons, Alicia Howser, DVM, MRCVS, DACVS and while in surgery, she noted four discrete perforations within the jejunum. The foreign body was removed and a procedure called resection and anastomosis (R&A) where the section of perforated intestine was removed and the remaining healthy parts were surgically connected, was performed. Luca recovered very well from his surgery and stayed in hospital for three days.