LEVITTOWN, Pa. – A bulldog named Elvis is alive and well after doctors from Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown successfully removed three pacifiers from his stomach two weeks ago.
The 6-year-old British bulldog was taken to VSEC by his owner, Lisa Marie Cainas, after he was seen swallowing a pacifier on May 23.
After an examination, doctors performed X-rays and confirmed the presence of a foreign object. An endoscopy then revealed not just one, but three fully intact pacifiers in Elvis’ stomach. When the other two pacifiers were ingested is unknown, but Cainas did recall that several pacifiers had gone missing in weeks prior.
Fortunately, the pacifiers had not yet passed to the small intestine and Dr. Peter Chapman, a board-certified internal medicine specialist with VSEC, was able to extract the objects through Elvis’s esophagus via endoscopy using an improvised technique.
Because of the size of the pacifiers, the endoscope’s usual retrieval process would not work, so they used the endoscope to thread tape through the pacifiers so they could all be pulled out. Had they passed to the small intestine, a much more invasive surgical procedure would have been necessary.
According to Cainas, Elvis has always had an appetite for the inedible, but nothing that ever caused such complications.
“It’s like having another child to look after,” said Cainas. “He’s full of life and can be quite the handful.”
Since the pacifier incident, an attempt to swallow a puzzle piece was successfully thwarted by Elvis’ owners.
“No one is quite sure why dogs eat some of the strange things they do, but it is important for dog owners to pay close attention to what their dogs are getting into,” said Chapman. “If you suspect your dog has ingested something they shouldn’t have, take them to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital as soon as possible, as it could be life-threatening.”
VSEC is open 24-hours-a-day and has locations in Philadelphia and Levittown.
About Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
Founded in 1994, VSEC’s mission is to enhance the human-animal bond by providing our community of referring veterinarians and pet owners with exceptional emergency and specialty veterinary care. Our doctors and staff accomplish this goal by upholding our core values of professional excellence, teamwork, integrity, compassion and service. VSEC offers services in cardiology, critical care, dentistry & oral surgery, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine, holistic medicine & acupuncture, internal medicine, neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology and surgery. Our board-certified specialists and staff clinicians work together to ensure the most comprehensive medical care for our patients.