Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Pyloric Stenosis and Pylorospasm

General Information
The pylorus is the short muscular passage between the stomach and the small intestine. Normally it remains closed, allowing the stomach to fill with food; then it opens in rhythm with the stomach contractions, allowing food to pass into the small intestine.

In pylorospasm, the muscle fails to relax and allow food to pass from the stomach. This results in vomiting of undigested food. Pyloric stenosis is a narrowing of the pylorus. This condition also interferes with the passage of food from the stomach, and vomiting is the usual result. Pyloric stenosis may be present since birth (congenital) or may be the result of chronic infection, untreated pylorospasm, or a tumor of the pylorus. Radiographs (x-rays) or exploratory surgery may be required to reach a final diagnosis.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Pylorospasm is treated by dietary control, medication to prevent spasm, and occasionally tranquilizers. Chances for control and possible cure are very good; however, prolonged treatment may be necessary.
2. Pyloric stenosis is treated by surgery to enlarge the pylorus. If the condition is congenital, the chances for cure are excellent. If it is due to other causes, chances for complete cure are fair.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

  • Upon arrival, owners can call us from the curb in front of the clinic and we will have a technician assistant come to your car and bring your pet inside.
  • From here, your pet will be examined and the doctor will develop a treatment plan which he will then communicate via phone with the owner.
  • At the end of the visit, an invoice will be brought out to your car and payment can be taken via phone.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.