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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Marley" - Cavalier KC swallowed a tack

It is sometimes hard to understand what motivates dogs to devour some of the things that end up in their gastrointestinal tract. It is even harder to explain, when what they have consumed is potentially life threatening but that is exactly what "Marley" did!

Most dogs are driven by a competitive instinct, keener than the GB Olympian team, to gorge whenever a "meal" becomes available. Many unsuspecting owners will have experienced the situation where their dog was able to consume a rather tasty morsel that didn't belong to them. Usually, this provokes a series of exclamations by the owers attempting to dissuade the dog from it's prize, often too late! This response from the owner then reaffirms to the dog that whatever it has in it's mouth must be a very tasty treat indeed and worth the grief.

The big problem is that when Marley's owners tried to avert potential disaster by discouraging Marley from eating a large metal tack he deduced that they were only preventing him from a tasty prize! His competitive instincts failed to clinch Gold on this particular occasion. Rather, his owners had to part with quite a considerable amount of Silver to have the offending item surgically removed from "Marley" by my colleague "Will" who happened to be on duty that night.

The sharp metal tack seen on the x-ray quite clearly could easily have perforated his bowel leading to peritonitis if not treated promptly. Fortunately for Marley, his owners were quickly out of the blocks to Fairifeld to avoid potential disaster

Terry Dunne

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