The Dog Ate WHAT??

The dog ate WHAT??

I arrived at work one morning and was told by our
receptionist that there was a client on the way with his 5 month
old Shepherd. She said they thought 
had eaten nails that had been laying around in the garage. When they arrived, I told them the best way to
visualize what is going on was
 to take a radiograph
(aka x-ray) of the abdomen, since metal objects appear very clearly and densely
compared to regular tissue.
Here is the image I got:

After the initial shock of learning his wife’s engagement ring was in Jake’s
stomach, I told him we could retrieve it pretty easily. 
I gave Jake a drug that
causes dogs to safely vomit within about 20 seconds. He preceded to vomit up his
breakfast – and the diamond 
studded ring! 

    I love this radiograph so much because in all the years of
taking x-rays, you never get one that so
closely shows the 
object like this
one.  Typically, all you will see a dense object and are unable to make out
what it is because of the the angle being off or the inability to show it 
straight on, but this one
was laying perfectly on it’s side! A scary beginning made for a very interesting, and happy, ending! 

Written by: Dr. Megan Moser, DVM 
Companion Animal Hospital of Skokie

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