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David's puppy inhales 8cm stick the width of new iPhone – and it was unknowingly lodged there a month – Teesside Live

A puppy received emergency treatment after getting a stick the same width as a new iPhone stuck her nose.

Springer spaniel Meg, aged 18 months old, from Whitby, was rushed to Wear Referrals in Bradbury, County Durham, after blood began gushing from her nose.

Vet Chiara Giannasi was stunned to discover that the pooch had some how inhaled an 8cm stick.

The stick, which had been there for a month, had caused her to suffer from nasal discharge.

Meg and the stick which was stuck up her nose

Chiara said: “It was an amazing case and I have never removed anything so huge from a dog’s nose before!

“Meg arrived here as an emergency referral as she was suffering a worrying nasal discharge but no-one could understand why.

“We immediately performed a CT scan and endoscopy, which involves the use of a flexible fibre-optic camera, to try to identify the problem.

“We were astonished to find an 8cm stick stuck in her nose.”

Meg’s owner David Sherwood, 67, who was taken aback when Chiara explained the cause of Meg’s discomfort and bleeding.

The retired farmer, who has been married to wife Sally for 40 years, said: “You’d think something so long would be sticking out the end of her nose, yet you couldn’t see anything!

“I was absolutely amazed and when I showed photos of the offending stick to some of my friends and associates afterwards, they couldn’t believe it either.”

David, from Fylingdales, near Whitby, in North Yorkshire, said he had assumed Meg’s month-long sniffing and sneezing would clear up on its own.

He believes that it must have happened when they were in Scotland on holiday.

David said: “I remember Meg was running through a plantation of young trees and suddenly came out sneezing.

“I thought she may have inhaled a piece of grass or a grass seed and never imagined it was something far more dramatic.

“I just thought it would work its way out eventually and that’s what seemed to have happened because, at first, she seemed fine, with just the occasional sneeze.”

He said that a month later she started so badly that blood was coming out of her nose.

David said he knew it was something serious and immediately took her to the out-of-hours vets.

He added: “They couldn’t actually see anything in her nose either but they were sure something untoward was there because of Meg’s obvious distress and all the blood, so they sent us to Wear Referrals.

“She was admitted on the Monday morning and by this time we were very worried and concerned it might be a serious infection or cancer.

“You can’t imagine our relief when Chiara told us she had sorted the problem by removing an 8cm piece of stick that had become lodged in Meg’s nose. It was amazing.”

Wear, which is part of Linnaeus, specialises in providing expert multidisciplinary care, including neurology, orthopaedics, soft tissue, internal medicine, cardiology, intensive care and diagnostic imaging.


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