Vet Diary - Sticks and Stones!
Hopefully we all understand by now the damage that we can do to our dogs by throwing sticks or stones for them to fetch - sticks can pierce through the back of the throat, stones can get stuck in the stomach or intestines causing obstruction. However, sometimes our 4-legged friends find a way to cause themselves problems, which was the case with this little dog that came into the pound recently. She showed no outward symptoms of discomfort at all, but as time progressed she started to develop a swelling on the side of her face. And the reason soon became clear why!
This poor dog had either been out scavenging while straying, or had helped herself to a little something from the barbecue! Either way, she had bitten just the perfect amount off of a skewer to wedge firmly across the roof of her mouth!
Although the stick was quite easy to remove, a significant groove had formed in the roof of her mouth around it. Litter can cause so much harm, to both wildlife and our beloved pets, so please tidy up after yourself straight away!