Thursday, 28 August 2008

Other Pets: Unusual objects swallowed by pets!


We at Dogs Trust have had animals around us for most of our lives, so we'd love to say the news that pets swallow a bizarre array of objects surprises us, but we know how unpredictable pets can be! Still, think about your home - is it as pet proof as you thought? Each one of us was taken aback by at least one item on the list...

PetPlan sent us the story of Ozzie the Staffy, who was rescued from a life-threatening stomach blockage after he swallowed a rubber duck whole! The determined dog, who belongs to Adam Townsend from Cubbington, Leamington Spa, was in a play fight with another dog and preferred to swallow his prize than lose it. When he started vomiting profusely, Adam rushed Ozzie to the vet and surgeon Emily Burton and vet Hannah Ferguson (pictured) stepped in to save the day. Ozzie is luckily back to his usual self now, thanks to their speedy work.

Still think you don't need pet insurance? Remember that the cost of removing a foreign object can range from hundreds to thousands of pounds. Here's just some of the list of foreign objects removed from pets (with the claims paid for by PetPlan):

Cats:
  • 16 pellets
  • 2ft snake toy
  • Arrow
  • Baby bottle
  • Baby's teat
  • Bikini
  • Bra strap
  • Cassette tape
  • Condom
  • Cotton & needle
  • Cross bow bolt
  • Dead pigeon
  • Diamond ring
  • Fishing hook
  • Foil
  • Hair bands/scrunchies
  • House keys
  • Kebab stick
  • Plastic watering can
  • Screw
  • Tinsel
  • Tip of birds beak
  • Toy dinosaur
  • Wishbone
Dogs:
  • 10 yr old lino flooring
  • 13 condoms
  • 33 sewing pins
  • 3kg pebbles
  • 40 stones
  • 5 plastic mice
  • Bag of nails
  • Box of matches
  • Bread knife
  • Cake ornament
  • Chain
  • Christmas decoration
  • Coins
  • Comic relief nose
  • Corn cob with fork
  • Cow ear tag
  • Credit card
  • Dead whole rat
  • Dinosaur toy
  • Doc marten boot
  • Enitre mop head
  • Fireworks
  • Glass
  • Handbag
  • Knee support
  • Kong
  • Light bulb
  • Marble
  • Muzzle
  • Nappy
  • Poop bag containing poop
  • Rabbit
  • Razor blade
  • Spark plug
  • Tampon
  • Tap fixtures
  • Tennis ball (1/2)
  • Tv remote control
  • Watch
  • Whistle
  • Yo-yo

Disclaimer: Dogs Trust has an arrangement with PetPlan to provide six weeks of free insurance to all new owners of our rescue dogs. You are not obliged to continue with this provider, but we recommend that you consider obtaining pet insurance if you have not already done so.
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