Case Of The Month

Baxter the Curious Puppy

Baxter the Curious Puppy


"Baxter," a 1 year old male boxer, is reported to usually be an active and outgoing dog.  So, from his lethargic behavior and lack of appetite, his owner concluded that something was wrong.  Upon speaking with "Baxter's" owner, we learned that he has a rather extensive history of ingesting foreign bodies, including his human brother's bouncy ball, and a Sago Palm heart from the flower bed.  During "Baxter's" physical examination, it was clear that any sort of pressing or palpating of the abdomen was quite painful.


Given the symptoms and "Baxter's" previous appetite for non-food items, Dr. Bledsoe decided a radiograph of his abdomen should be performed to see if there were any obvious foreign bodies obstructing his gastrointestinal tract.  Nothing was visable in the first radiograph, so "Baxter" was given a few syringes of Barium solution to observe its progression through his digestive tract.  Barium is a thick white liquid that can be easily seen on radiographs when ingested by an animal.  After a series of radiographs were perfomed showing the Barium's progression successfully through the stomach, the Barium eventually came to a stop in the intestines  Dr. Bledsoe decided that "Baxter" most likely had a foreign body or some other obstruction blocking the intestinal flow, so he was quickly taken to surgery to find out what the blockage was.


Exploratory surgery was performed, with the finding of a 2 inch long toothpick perforating the jejunum, an area of the small intestines.  The angle at which the toothpick was perforating the jejunum caused a sharp turn of the intestines, which stopped all normal matter from moving through the intestines.  The toothpick was removed, as well as the portion of the intestines that was damaged by the toothpick coming through.


"Baxter" recovered from surgery well, and after a few days with a sore belly and monitoring at the clinic, he was able to go home to his family!

I feel very lucky to have a place where our animals are cared for professionally and compassionately and one where I know they will be treated as individual patients and not just another number. Doctors Velasco and Runnfeldt are some of the best veterinarians in our area and I am very proud that we are able to utilize their services for our companion animal pet rescue.

— June Hatlestad

We have been bringing our pets to All Animal Clinic for over 25 years. The degree of knowledge and professionalism displayed by the doctors is unsurpassed, and the entire staff’s positive attitude, compassion, and understanding give us total confidence. We always leave with peace of mind, knowing our pets have received the best care possible.

— Jeff & Jackie Acre

Since the early 90s we’ve been coming to All Animal Clinic and just have to say, they are wonderful. Our dogs Zeus & Thor are happy, healthy, and appreciate the kind and caring atmosphere of the clinic. We’ve lived all over the country with our dogs nowhere has come close to keeping our animal family as happy and as healthy as All Animal Clinic.

— Anne & Bill Clayton

My dogs have been clients of All Animal Clinic for 15 years. I have found the doctors and staff to be excellent in all areas of care. Their ability to diagnose and treat every situation I have taken them in for has been amazing. They are all professional, caring, and efficient. I recommend this clinic and their doctors without hesitation.

— Diane Rogers

15 years ago we moved from California with seven dogs, and knew right away we’d have to find an excellent vet to care for our "children". Deciding on All Animal Clinic was the best choice we could have made. The facility is spotless and filled with the most modern equipment. The staff is professional and knowledgeable, caring and considerate. Most of all, the doctors are truly excellent.

— Christy & Tom Hallquest