Puppy saved by vet after swallowing 68 pebbles
Owner said dog rattled when lifted
A veterinary surgeon has saved the life of a puppy who swallowed an incredible 68 pebbles while out on a beach walk.
Five-month-old Staffie Frankie became unwell after going out with her owners near the Medmerry nature reserve at Bracklesham Bay in West Sussex.
Owner Sam Turner explained: “On the way back, Frankie was a bit reluctant to walk but we didn’t think much of it.
Later that evening Frankie was sick, with stones in the vomit and when Sam picked her up “she literally rattled”.
After calling their own vet they were transferred to Arun Veterinary Group’s South Downs emergency vets in Storrington and it was there that the life saving operation took place.
Group administrator Louise Whittington told the Sussex Express: “It was very quickly discovered that Frankie had swallowed no less than an incredible 68 pebbles and she literally felt like a bag of stones.”
Vet Olivia Lane performed surgery to remove the stones and Frankie was able to go home the following day.
Louise added: “It is obviously hard to determine what makes a dog decide to eat stones of this quantity.
“Some dogs and puppies will just eat them, however it is quite possible that on this occasion something had been left on the stones making them a rather tasty treat.”
That theory seemed to carry even more weight when it was discovered the family’s other dog, Pug Sandy, had also swallowed a pebble which had to be surgically removed.
Both pooches have now fully recovered and the Turner family are keeping them on leads for beach walks.