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Surprise! Vets and pet owner stunned at contents of dog’s stomach

When Bobo the dog became seriously ill his worried owner’s rushed him to Blue Cross animal hospital in Grimsby for emergency treatment. Initial tests on the nine-year-old Weimaraner did not show the cause of his suffering – and then X-rays revealed a strange round shape in his tummy.

Vets performed surgery to investigate and discovered a yellow egg-shaped plastic box.

Tracy Nicholson, Veterinary Nurse at Grimsby animal hospital said: “The surgery team carefully removed the item and were shocked to discover not only had Bobo swallowed a Kinder Surprise egg, but also that a Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy was still intact inside!”

Surgeons weren’t able to find the wrapping, which they think may have passed through the dog - or he possibly removed it before swallowing the chocolate egg.

Tracy continued: “Foreign bodies like toys can cause blockages inside a dog’s gut, which can sadly be fatal if not removed in time, so they need to be treated quickly. If owners suspect a may have eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your vet as soon as possible for advice.”

After surgery, Bobo remained in the animal hospital to be monitored and cared for around the clock for two days. He needed pain relief, antibiotics, intravenous fluid therapy and a special feeding regime to get him back on his four paws.

Once well enough, Bobo was allowed to go back home under strict resting orders but continued to return for regular check-ups in the weeks following his treat feast and happily he has since made a full recovery.

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Notes to Editors

  • Images of Kinder Surprise, x-ray and Bobo post surgery available on request, contact the press office.
  • The Blue Cross animal hospital in Grimsby has been providing vital veterinary services to the local community for over 50 years. In July 2005 the new hospital opened its doors after re-locating from a nearby older site. 
  • Blue Cross veterinary hospitals and clinics across the UK provide treatment and care for the pets of owners who cannot afford private vets’ fees, undertaking thousands of consultations every year. 
  • Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
  • Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
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