Playful Rottweiler swallows teaspoon and ball

2013-02-05 00:00

ZOEY, a one-year-old Rottweiler from Pretoria, had its owner in a panic when it swallowed a teaspoon.

Sharday Nigrini (17), a matric pupil at Waterkloof Secondary School in Pretoria, said she was busy dishing up food for their older Rottweiler, Asco, when the young Zoey grabbed the teaspoon and swallowed it whole.

She said she got such a fright she first called her parents and then shoved her hand in the dog’s mouth.

“I tried getting it [the spoon] out with my hand, but could not.”

Sharday then Googled what to do when one’s dog swallows a spoon.

The advice included feeding the dog peroxide, bread and marshmallows and if that did not work, go to the vet. Sharday and her mum, Vanessa, went to the vet instead.

Dr Dampies van Deemter advised them to wait for up to to 48 hours to see if the spoon came out naturally.

They did scatological patrols for two days, “but nothing happened”, said Vanessa.

Meanwhile, Zoey swam and played like any young dog.

When they took the dog to the vet after two days, they were surprised to see on the X-rays that Zoey’s stomach also contained a small ball.

Vanessa said the ball had “disappeared” in December.

A bill of R3 500 later, the spoon and ball were removed. Van Deemter said it was his first teaspoon out of a dog in 35 years of practice.

Other strange items swallowed by dogs that are on display in his practice include car keys, an engagement ring, a needle, a pin, a few kebab sticks and a car seat spring.

Van Deemter said dogs often swallowed balls or stones.

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