Dog Bounces Back To Health Thanks To PDSA

A Sunderland dog has been cured after PDSA vets removed a ball that was hidden in her stomach for two years!


Hampshire – WEBWIRE – Thursday, July 03, 2014
Trixie with her owner Melanie Pounder and PDSA vet Emma Holt
Trixie with her owner Melanie Pounder and PDSA vet Emma Holt

I’ve seen a few strange cases during my time as a vet, but never something like this where a foreign body has just been hiding away for so long before causing a problem.

A Sunderland dog suffering from a mysterious illness has been cured after PDSA vets removed a ball from her stomach - which is believed to have been hiding there for two years!

Border Terrier Trixie swallowed the ball while playing in the garden at her owner Melanie Pounder’s home in High Barns back in 2011. Obviously concerned for her pet pooch’s welfare, Melanie (42) took her to a private vet practice but no trace of the ball was found, as they assumed it had been passed and she wasn’t showing any problematic symptoms.

More recently however, Trixie (10) began being sick, despite appearing fit and healthy. Melanie took her to PDSA’s pet hospital, the Reay Hudson Centre, in Hepworth Road, to try and solve the mystery.

Emma Holt, PDSA vet, said an X-ray revealed the cause of the problem:

“Trixie was well in herself, but we knew that something wasn’t right. So we took an X-ray and spotted a small object in her abdomen, which looked suspicious. Exploratory surgery was carried out, and we soon discovered it was a bouncy ball.

“I’ve seen a few strange cases during my time as a vet, but never something like this where a foreign body has just been hiding away for so long before causing a problem.”

Emma said Trixie was fortunate the ball had not moved to her intestines, where it could have caused a fatal blockage. She also warned that owners should take special care when selecting the size of balls, for their dogs to play with, as ones that are too small can cause choking or swallowing. 

Owner Melanie says she is extremely grateful to PDSA and delighted that Trixie has made a full recovery:“When it turned out to be the ball, I couldn’t believe it – we just assumed Trixie had passed it through her system two years ago. To think it’s been there the whole time is just incredible! I’m so grateful to PDSA for helping Trixie to get well again, as I love her to bits and we would be lost without her.

“I’m now very careful about which toys Trixie plays with, and I make sure she only has ones that are too big to swallow.”

PDSA is on a mission to educate the nation on pet wellbeing and is delighted that funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is helping the charity to continue this vital work. For further pet health advice, please visit www.pdsa.org.uk/pethealth

ENDS

Notes to Editors:
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, providing free veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and promoting responsible pet ownership. For further information about PDSA please visit www.pdsa.org.uk or call 0800 731 2502.

For media enquiries, please contact Russell Roberts in the Press Office on 01952 204 775, email roberts.russell@pdsa.org.uk, or visit www.pdsa.org.uk/mediacentre


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