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Lab had emergency surgery to remove 'foreign object'

A BLACK Labrador had to have emergency surgery at Vets Now — after eating corn on the cob.

Two-year-old Henry’s owner didn’t think twice when she gave him the leftover vegetables.

She believed corn cobs were a healthy alternative to other more fat-laden human foods.

But the reality is they can cause serious blockages in a dog’s intestines — as Henry discovered to his cost.

Taking up the story his owner explained: “We’re always very careful about what we feed Henry because we don’t want him to put on too much weight.

“We thought all vegetables were fine and didn’t think twice when he crunched up leftover sweetcorn cobs.”

However, the following day Henry became ill, so his owner called Vets Now for advice.

She added: “Luckily, Jenny at Vets Now St Helens knew all about the dangers of corn cobs.

“After a consultation and x-ray, Jenny discovered the corn cobs in his stomach.

“By 11 pm, Henry was in the operating theatre having them removed.”

Unlike most vegetables, corn on the cobs don’t digest in a dog’s stomach.

That means they are likely to cause a blockage — and possible perforation — if they’re left to make their way through the intestines.

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His owner said: “We were very lucky that we had noticed Henry was unwell before the cobs left his stomach, so Jenny was able to take them all out in one go.

“When Jenny phoned us the following morning to tell us how Henry was doing, she was delighted with his progress.

“You’d never know now that anything had been wrong. Henry’s fur has grown back and covered his scar.

“It goes without saying that if it wasn’t for Vets Now, things could have been much worse and we’re very grateful that they were able to help Henry as quickly as they did.”

Treatment may be needed if your dog eats a foreign body so please contact your vet as soon as possible, or, out of hours, find your nearest Vets Now pet emergency clinic or Vets Now 24/7 hospital.

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Is sweetcorn dangerous for dogs?

Sweetcorn is, in actual fact, a healthy option for dogs — as long as it’s been taken off the cob. The kernels contain protein, natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids and are a great source of energy.

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