One of the things that we love about emergency medicine is that it's so unpredictable. Just last week, we saw something that a pediatrician more commonly experiences. You hear about it in kids, but in dogs?
That's right. It's a peanut. And it was lodged deep in the nose of a maltipoo. Mom had seen the dog playing with a peanut, and not long after he developed loud, stertorous breathing. When Dr Reid, our Internal Medicine specialist, checked his upper airway with an endoscope, this is what she saw:
Once she located the peanut, it was no big deal to push it caudally toward the mouth, and then manually remove it. Our patient had an uneventful recovery, and went home the same day, none the worse for wear. We love happy endings!