After a brief discussion with the doctor, it was determined that an xray would be helpful to be sure the tennis ball had not ended up in the stomach or small bowel where it could be stuck. Luckily unlike some balls, tennis balls and golf balls show up pretty well on xrays. This is what we saw:
The tennis ball was still in the stomach, and probably couldn’t pass causing poor Bubba to vomit whenever he drank or ate anything. After a day or two of this, he stopped trying to eat or drink and he became very dehydrated. After starting him on an IV and replenishing fluid losses, he started to feel much better. Bubba went into surgery to have the tennis ball removed from his stomach. As you might suspect from the picture, it didn’t smell very good either!
After a few days recuperating in the hospital, Bubba is now back to being a happy big dog with lots of spunk and charm. Tennis balls are all removed from the yard, and toys 3 times bigger than his mouth are now the norm.