Friday 22 September 2017

Emergency surgery for spoon-fed dog

Max the rottweiler had to undergo surgery after wolfing down a teaspoon along with a strawberry (PDSA/PA)
Max the rottweiler had to undergo surgery after wolfing down a teaspoon along with a strawberry (PDSA/PA)
An x-ray of Max the rottweiler's stomach shows the five-inch teaspoon (PDSA/PA)

It is not just the Wimbledon crowds who have a taste for strawberries - a dog had to undergo surgery after wolfing down the fruit along with the spoon it was served on.

Max the rottweiler underwent an emergency operation last month after X-rays revealed the 5in (12.7cm) teaspoon lodged in his stomach, pet charity PDSA said.

The 10-year-old's owner, Annette Robertshaw, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said her brother had been visiting her and was eating some strawberries when Max took a shine to them.

He offered Max one on a teaspoon but was caught totally by surprise when the dog gulped down both items.

Max did not suffer any immediate ill-effects but Mrs Robertshaw, 47, took him to her local PDSA pet hospital.

An X-ray showed the spoon lodged firmly in Max's stomach and he was rushed into surgery to remove it.

PDSA veterinary surgeon Daniel Cook said: "I have never seen a dog that's eaten a teaspoon before although we do see lots of odd things that dogs have eaten, such as socks and children's toys."

He said ideally pets should be fed from their own food bowls to avoid this type of mishap.

Mrs Robertshaw said Max has fully recovered but now turns his nose up at Wimbledon's favourite snack.

She said: "We don't feed him anything on a spoon any more just in case but he doesn't seem to be too interested in strawberries lately."

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