A case of a linear foreign body removal in a miniature companion pig
Despite the recent rise in popularity of miniature pigs as companion animals, there are few published reports available regarding gastrointestinal surgery in these animals. This case report describes a 4-year-old castrated male companion potbellied pig who was diagnosed with a small bowel linear foreign body and associated pyloric outflow obstruction. A gastrotomy and three enterotomies involving the proximal and mid-jejunum and proximal centripetal loop of the spiral colon were performed to remove the linear foreign body. The surgical techniques and post-operative care described in this case report provided effective treatment of the linear foreign body and adequately prevented clinical evidence of post-operative complications in the companion potbellied pig. Follow-up information was obtained via telephone interviews and a recheck appointment one year later revealed a healthy animal with no abdominal radiographic or ultrasonographic abnormalities.
This article is published as Cain, A., J. Kirkpatrick, R. Breuer, and J. Smith. "A case of a linear foreign body removal in a miniature companion pig." Journal of Dairy, Veterinary & Animal Research 9, no. 1 (2020): 6-9. Posted with permission.