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Christmas lights removed from inside dog
upi ^ | Dec. 18, 2012

Posted on 12/19/2012 7:03:38 AM PST by JoeProBono

SOUTHAMPTON, England, - A British woman said surgeons saved her 7-year-old dog's life after he swallowed a foot-long string of Christmas fairy lights.

Sharon Fay, 45, of Southampton, England, said she became concerned when she spotted bits of wire sticking out of her mixed breed canine Charlie's droppings, The Mirror reported Tuesday.

"I hadn't even noticed that the lights had been chewed at this stage but it quickly became clear what had happened," Fay said. "Back in March he ate one of my scarves and needed an operation to remove it, but I thought it was just a one-off incident as he hadn't shown any signs that he was going to be a repeat offender. I've had dogs all my life and have never known a dog act like this before."

Veterinarians took an X-ray of Charlie's stomach and discovered a foot-long string of Christmas fairy lights and a shoelace.

Surgeons said the lights would have been fatal if not swiftly removed.

"A foreign body of this nature could easily have caused severe internal injuries so Charlie was very, very lucky. He was also fortunate that the glass didn't cut his mouth or throat. And he could have been electrocuted if he'd bitten through the wire when the lights were switched on," senior veterinary surgeon Sophie Bell said.

Fay said Charlie was recovering well from surgery and was back at home -- where she has taken precautions to keep him from eating other dangerous items.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: christmas; dog


1 posted on 12/19/2012 7:03:50 AM PST by JoeProBono
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Golden Eagle Snatches Kid in Montreal
2 posted on 12/19/2012 7:05:58 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: JoeProBono
Bet he wasn't allowed to play in any raindog games...
3 posted on 12/19/2012 7:06:53 AM PST by Happy Rain (Which fires first? The gun or the 2nd Amendment haters?)
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To: JoeProBono

Debbie Boone will be out with a new song “You Light Up My Lower Intestine”.......


4 posted on 12/19/2012 7:10:23 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Happy Rain

It probably wasn’t his nose that was red.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 7:10:45 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My late, lamented black lab used to eat staples and light bulbs. Never hurt him.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 7:13:00 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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7 posted on 12/19/2012 7:13:17 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Yeah, but, knowing how long it takes most people to removed their Christmas lights, these were probably LAST year’s lights ...


8 posted on 12/19/2012 7:13:38 AM PST by BlueLancer (You cannot conquer a free man. The most you can do is kill him. (R. Heinlein - "If This Goes On"))
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removed = remove


9 posted on 12/19/2012 7:14:41 AM PST by BlueLancer (You cannot conquer a free man. The most you can do is kill him. (R. Heinlein - "If This Goes On"))
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To: JoeProBono

Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend.


10 posted on 12/19/2012 7:15:48 AM PST by posterchild
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Santas Helper!

With internal lights!


11 posted on 12/19/2012 7:16:08 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: JoeProBono

What is it with Labs? My friend’s ate an entire pair of his tennis shoes.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 7:18:00 AM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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13 posted on 12/19/2012 7:22:49 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

We had a dog who enjoyed glass ornaments and garland. Bottom two branches of the tree were sparsely decorated. Of course I always had a good laugh when we found the “evidence”.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 7:23:29 AM PST by jughandle
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15 posted on 12/19/2012 7:25:38 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: manic4organic
Our Lab would eat just about anything. He once ate an entire package of multicolored licorice... we noticed it the next day when he had technicolor poop. However, I have found two things he will not eat, bananas and sauerkraut.
16 posted on 12/19/2012 7:31:52 AM PST by The Great RJ
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17 posted on 12/19/2012 7:43:09 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: posterchild
Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend.

Inside this dog it wasn't too dark to read!
18 posted on 12/19/2012 7:43:57 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: JoeProBono

Two surgeries and counting. Next time, let Darwinism run to its intended conclusion. A new dog might be smarter and cheaper.


19 posted on 12/19/2012 8:05:36 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: JoeProBono

We inadvisedly get little carnivorous animals and then buy grain based food for them. Some even try to make little vegans out of them. - They want MEAT, and not much vegetables; just a little to mimic the contents of the stomachs of the vegan animals they would eat in the wild. - I feed my cat WILDCAT food that is mostly wild meat and a few fruits and vegetables. It’s a bit more expensive; but she doesn’t have to eat the huge amounts of it that cats do when they eat the grain based stuff. - Eating this odd stuff indicates nutrition is off some way.


20 posted on 12/19/2012 8:16:43 AM PST by Twinkie (The wicked walk on every side when evil men are exalted. Psalm 12:8)
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To: jughandle

Watching our son’s dog, a lab/pit/mutt mix. He brought the cage, said the dog had eaten some of their red round glass ornaments. My theory is that the dog thought they were toy balls for him. We moved some stuff around to block the lower front of the Christmas tree at our house, it sits in a corner, so I don’t think he’ll have a “visual” on the ornaments at his nose level. I don’t know if I have the heart to put him in the cage. The only thing he has ever messed with at our house was a shoe chewed up when he was very young, almost 3 years ago. And dragged some fleece fabric out of a bag once, I am sure he thought it must be a blanket for him. He has even ignored food (cereal, noodle packets) in a box on the dining room floor when my daughter was in the process of moving. I will be surprised and disappointed if he messes with the ornaments.


21 posted on 12/19/2012 8:18:08 AM PST by NEMDF
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22 posted on 12/19/2012 8:26:33 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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23 posted on 12/19/2012 8:38:28 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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My Samoyed was one tough pup. He ate a six inch tall barrel cactus, followed by an old gym sock. What emerged out the other end looked like something from a science fiction movie! He survived unscathed, without veterinary intervention, but found his curiosity with respect to cacti completely satisfied.


24 posted on 12/19/2012 9:40:04 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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25 posted on 12/19/2012 10:19:42 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

No one asked about the lights. I’ll bet he _wrecked ‘em_...


26 posted on 12/19/2012 10:14:55 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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27 posted on 12/20/2012 6:34:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Our oldest dog decided to chew on an electrical cord as a pup. Once.

That was all it took. Just once.


28 posted on 12/20/2012 6:37:54 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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29 posted on 12/20/2012 6:48:55 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Fore! Who can forget the Lab with 13 golf balls *rattling* in his tummy? Jingle balls!


30 posted on 12/20/2012 12:34:36 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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