Wally’s Story

by admin on January 28th, 2015

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Wally's Story

Wally the five year old Miniature Schnauzer was rushed into the surgery after his owner had seen him eat a piece of fish attached to a fishing hook on the beach. When he came in for examination, he still had the fishing line hanging out of his mouth, but it wasn’t immediately obvious how far down the hook had gone…

Wally was admitted for the day so he could be given a general anaesthetic to try and retrieve the hook. Once he was asleep, the vet was able to have a thorough look in Wally’s mouth and throat. The hook was not obviously stuck there, which meant it had gone further down than his oesophagus. An x-ray revealed it was lying right in the middle of Wally’s stomach; so the only way to remove it was surgically.


He was taken through to theatre and prepped for surgery. Once Wally’s stomach was opened up, the vet was able to locate the hook and slowly remove it – still with a piece of fish attached to it! It was a very large hook and could have caused a lot of damage had it torn through his oesophagus or stomach lining.

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Wally was taken back to the kennel room to recover and, being the brave chap that he is, was back on his feet in no time. He was monitored closely for the rest of the day to ensure there were no complications from his surgery, but was able to go home with his owners later that evening.


Wally has since gone on to make a full recovery and we wish him and his owners the best of health in the future.

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