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Dog's goose is nearly cooked after swallowing rubber duck

Published 21/12/2010 | 05:00

Jasmine, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, next to a plastic duck similar to one it swallowed and which features in a charity's 'Top of the Ops' countdown list
Jasmine, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, next to a plastic duck similar to one it swallowed and which features in a charity's 'Top of the Ops' countdown list
The toy lodged in Jasmine's stomach

A dog needed emergency surgery after vets discovered she had swallowed a rubber duck, a charity revealed.

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Jasmine's owners first realised something was up when the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, suddenly became ill.

Investigations showed the seven-year-old had spent nine months with the toy inside her stomach before it shifted and created a near-fatal blockage.

Vets at the PDSA in Glasgow, who examined the pet, rushed her straight into surgery to remove the object and she has now made a good recovery.

The incident was named in the charity's list of the top 10 most dramatic cases it handled this year.

Curious

Another Scottish case to feature in the "Top of the Ops" countdown was that of curious kitten Garfield, which survived a 120ft plunge from a tower block window.

The eight-month-old cat squeezed through a gap in the 12th-storey window and fell to the ground below in Parkhead, Glasgow. He escaped with a collapsed lung and a broken front right leg.

Senior veterinary surgeon Sean Wensley said: "Pets can be remarkably resilient and some of our patients this year have survived terrifying ordeals. It's testament to the great work of our veterinary teams and the animals' often extraordinary capacity for healing.

"Without PDSA's help many owners would be unable to afford veterinary treatment. Our work is vitally important to the pets and their owners that rely on our services."

The PDSA said there has been an "unprecedented surge in demand" for their services recently, having seen a 50pc increase in pet patients over the five-year period from 2006 to 2010.

Irish Independent

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