27 year-old Louise Powis from Nuneaton, Warwickshire in the United Kingdom was concerned about her Doberman Azar. The six year-old family pet was losing weight and being sick. She decided to take him to the veterinarian. The dog doctor took an x-ray of Azar’s stomach and found that the animal had swallowed three golf balls, yet the doberman has survived the balls being wedged in his stomach and the operation to remove them.
The x-ray showed that two of the golf balls were wedged in his small intestine, which left the dog at an increased risk of his intestines actually rupturing according to the veterinary charity PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals)
The PDSA vet that Louise took Azar to, Kath Vandamme, said that the veterinary staff didn’t think that the doberman would survive an operation to remove them.
Azar’s owner Louise Powis related that the golf ball incident had happened earlier in the year and that it had been, “a very worrying time.” She said, “Within a few days he’d dropped about a stone (14 pounds), he’s had a few dietary problems so we thought it was that.” She added, “It was really scary and the (three) kids were really scared – they adore him.”
Luckily for Azar and the family, the doberman survived after swallowing the three golf balls and the surgery required to get them back out!
Kath Vandamme related that when Louise brought the doberman in, he wasn’t at all well. Vandamme said, “Azar was very poorly when he was admitted and could barely stand, but there was nothing obvious to determine what was causing his illness. It was really unusual, I don’t know how he managed to do it.
The vet went on to explain how they treated the doberman and found out that he’d eaten the golf balls. She said, “We put Azar on a drip and took some X-rays of his abdomen, and when I saw the X-ray I could not believe it. It was really unusual because it wasn’t just one golf ball but three. I don’t know how he managed to do it.
The animal doctor added that, “The wall of the intestine was severely bruised and, due to the position of the obstruction, Azar’s surgery was a big risk but it was our only option. We had to tell Louise that it was touch and go whether he would even survive the operation.”
Louise said that where he got the golf balls from was still a mystery. She said, “We still don’t know where he picked the golf balls up from, we think it was in a field near us where we let him off his lead during walks.”
But despite the worry over the family pet, she could see the funny side. She said, “I was shocked to find out what had happened and despite how serious it was we couldn’t help but chuckle as we don’t know how he managed it. Thankfully everything went well and only a few weeks later he was back to his old self.”
Azar’s owner was happy at how things turned out and she said, “I’m so grateful to PDSA for saving his life.”
Apparently after swallowing the three golf balls and surviving the surgery, the doberman is recovering well after his operation at the charity’s pet hospital at Coventry, Warwickshire in the United Kingdom.
By Michael Smith