Spiders and lizards and frogs, oh my!

     (that's a scalpel handle in the front for scale)

 

 (that's a scalpel handle in the front for scale)

Have you ever wondered where your kids put all their toys? Apparently our friend Darwin was trying to help his children out and picked up after them. His owner noticed that Darwin wasn't feeling very well and he was seen by his regular veterinarian.  After physical exam and some bloodwork, his regular veterinarian recommended an ultrasound. Ultrasound findings were consistent with gastric and intestinal foreign bodies and emergency surgery was recommended. Our surgeon, Dr. Grafinger, did Darwin's surgery and said it was one of his most interesting foreign body surgeries yet. We removed many hard plastic toys, including three frogs, a spider, a lizard, a dinosaur, a barrette, and multiple hair scrunchies, all from Darwin's stomach. His intestines did not have any foreign bodies but did have some scar tissue that may have suggested that this wasn't Darwin's first time cleaning up around the house but escaped surgery that go 'round. We hope Darwin has learned to let his children clean up their own toys and just enjoy playing with them instead.

 

Submitted by Sarah Ignelzi