Oesophageal Foreign Bodies

Oesophageal Foreign Bodies

Oesophageal Foreign Body Treatment for Pets in Melbourne

At our veterinary clinic in Melbourne, we specialize in treating oesophageal foreign bodies, a condition where an object is lodged in the oesophagus. This can be a critical situation for your pet, and our experienced team is prepared to provide prompt and effective care.

Diagnosing Oesophageal Foreign Bodies

A quick and accurate diagnosis is essential:

  • Physical Examination: Assessing symptoms like gagging, drooling, or difficulty swallowing to suspect a foreign body.
  • Radiographs (X-rays): X-rays are crucial to confirm the presence and location of the foreign body within the oesophagus.
  • Endoscopy: In some cases, an endoscopic examination may be necessary for a more detailed view and potentially to retrieve the object.

Treatment Options

Treatment typically involves removing the foreign body, which can be done in various ways:

  • Endoscopic Retrieval: If possible, endoscopy is used to grasp and carefully remove the foreign object without the need for surgery.
  • Surgical Removal: In cases where endoscopy isn’t feasible, surgical intervention may be required to remove the object safely.


The cost of treating an oesophageal foreign body varies depending on the complexity of the removal procedure. We will provide a detailed estimate after the initial assessment.

Payment Options

We offer several payment options to help manage the costs of treatment:

  • GapOnly: Covers the gap not paid by pet insurance, simplifying the financial process.
  • VetPay: A financing option to spread the cost of veterinary care over time.
  • Zip Money: Flexible payment plans are available for more manageable financial handling.


Proper aftercare is crucial for recovery:

  • Post-Removal Care: We provide detailed instructions for caring for your pet after the removal, including pain management and dietary recommendations.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular appointments to ensure the oesophagus is healing properly and to monitor for any complications.
  • Dietary Management: Advice on feeding your pet post-treatment to aid in healing and prevent future incidents.

Our dedicated team in Melbourne is committed to providing the highest level of care for pets with oesophageal foreign bodies, ensuring a swift and safe recovery.