sedated dog on a table

Bogey’s Story

This is our sweet boy, Bogey!

Bogey is a four year old Golden Doodle who came in to see Dr. Spaur on January 22nd for an 18 hour history of vomiting, and increasing lethargy and anorexia throughout the day.

During his examination, he was found to be quite dehydrated and became very nauseous when his abdomen was touched. Diagnostics such as lab work and x-rays had to be performed on Bogey. Dr. Spaur became concerned when she found a foreign body obstructing the area between the stomach and the small intestine. It was decided that Bogey would be heading straight into surgery to prevent any further complications. Dr. Spaur was able to remove a piece of fabric that appeared to be the cause of the obstruction and was able to confirm that the organs were not damaged!

The following day, Bogey began regurgitating and still showed signs of nausea and pain.  We gave him some nausea and pain medications in hopes he would quickly get back on his feet. When food was offered, he turned up his nose in disgust.  (Apparently our dog food is not as appetizing as a piece of fabric).

On the 24th of January, we issued what we call a Nasogastric tube to give a little more help to Bogey in her recovery. This small tube goes into the nose and travels down into the stomach, the NG tube allows us to not only suction out any fluid from the stomach, but also gives us the chance to provide nutritious feedings. After removing the liquids from Bogey’s stomach and providing liquid feedings Bogey was brightening up.

Finally two days later, Bogey decided he was sick of being cooped up in the hospital and convinced us he was ready to return home to his family! Since his departure we have received good reports on his health and is enjoying his prescription of love and canned food!


Hawthorne Animal Hospital, a small animal hospital and veterinary clinic, serves St. Louis Metro East area, including the communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Alton, Granite City, Collinsville, Highland, Wood River, Roxana, Bethalto, Godfrey, Worden, and Hamel.

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