In the most incredible x-rays, it's possible to see the scale of a knife inside the body of a tiny 12-week-old puppy. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier in question, named Macie, is very lucky to be alive indeed.
Owner Irene Paisley rushed Macie to PDSA's emergency out-of-hours service in Glasgow, after the puppy began choking horribly.
“Macie was making a squeaking sound – I thought she’d swallowed part of a toy,” says Irene. “Then she was sick, but there was no sign of a toy and she started choking.”
Having lost her last beloved Staffie to cancer just two months earlier, Irene was terrified of what might happen to her new family member.
"By the time we arrived at the vet’s, there was blood coming out of her nose. The loss of our previous dog was still very raw and the thought of losing Macie was devastating.”
X-rays then revealed what was causing the problem; Macie had managed to pinch a knife, perhaps from her family's dishwasher, and in her puppy curiosity had swallowed it whole.
Such was the length of the object, the knife handle had passed through Macie's stomach into her intestines, yet the tip of the blade was in her gullet. Thankfully, an emergency operation was a success, and Macie, being young and otherwise healthy, was back to normal very quickly.
PDSA vet Emily Ronald said, “I’ve never seen an x-ray like Macie’s. She was extremely lucky to survive. Her saving grace was that she swallowed the handle-end first – the blade-end would undoubtedly have pierced her organs, likely causing fatal injuries.
“The morning after surgery, she was bouncing all over the place as if nothing had happened. Macie has been back for frequent check-ups over the past two weeks and we’re pleased she’s recovering and healing well.”