In Warwickshire, England a Labrador retriever is lucky to be alive after an 11-inch branch became stuck in her throat and pierced her stomach. Three-year-old Willow was very fortunate to have survived after she was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for life-saving surgery.
According to the Bilton Veterinary Center in Rugby, Willow had been out for her walk with her owner Helen Speirs when the woman heard her dog let out a “blood curdling cry.” The 11-inch stick Willow had been playing fetch with at the park lodged itself under her tongue and half way down her throat. Veterinarians were able to remove it by sedating the patient and making a small incision in her neck to carefully pull the stick out.
Fortunately, Willow has made almost a full recovery, however veterinarians are warning dog owners that throwing sticks could lead to injuries – possibly even fatal. The video, released on Facebook, has been viewed more than 12,000 times.
“Willow the Labrador had been playing with a stick when she caught it awkwardly and it ended up impaling her into the mouth.”
Warning: The video shows graphic surgical procedures. Click here to view.
(Photo and video of 11-inch branch stuck in dog’s throat via Bilton Veterinary Center)
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