A close shave

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By JOHN CARLON

THE own­ers of a Springador puppy have thanked emer­gency vets who saved their pet’s life af­ter he swal­lowed a ra­zor­blade.

Fen­ton, an 11-month-old Springer Spaniel/Labrador cross, needed emer­gency surgery to re­move the blade and pre­vent it slic­ing into his in­testines.

The puppy has fully re­cov­ered from his dra­matic ordeal but se­nior vet­eri­nary sur­geon Katie Wain, from Avon­vale Vet­eri­nary Cen­tres, said it was ‘a close shave.’

Wain said: “Fen­ton was brought in just be­fore 9pm as his own­ers were con­cerned that he may have eaten the head of a ra­zor.

“He was ad­mit­ted im­me­di­ately, taken for an x-ray and straight away we could see the ra­zor­blade sat in his stom­ach.

“We couldn’t leave it there as it could have sliced open his stom­ach or in­testines which would have been lifethreat­en­ing.

“So he was anaes­thetised and I re­moved the ra­zor blade, and a lot of food, from his stom­ach.

“He was kept in overnight for fur­ther pain relief and mon­i­tor­ing and sent home the next day. He’s re­cov­ered re­ally well and was back to his nor­mal self within a week.

“Nev­er­the­less, this case is a warn­ing to all dog lovers and shows why we are al­ways ad­vis­ing peo­ple about the dan­gers of their pets swal­low­ing cones, stones, bulbs and all sorts of for­eign ob­jects.”

Re­lieved owner Tao Rad­ford said: “I can’t thank Katie and the staff at Avon­vale enough for what they did that night.

“Fen­ton is so lucky they have the pet hos­pi­tal in War­wick open 24/7 be­cause the night team there got to work on him straight­away.

“He’s a lucky lad be­cause he def­i­nitely bit off more than he could chew that night!”

Avon­vale Vet­eri­nary Cen­tres has branches in War­wick, Strat­ford, Ke­nil­worth, Southam, Welles­bourne, Heath­cote and Cub­bing­ton.

Fen­ton at the vets and, left, an x-ray show­ing the ra­zor blade lodged in his stom­achjohn.carlon@reach­plc.com

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