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Top Vet: Don't Throw Sticks For Your Dog


Published at 6:02am 20th January 2016.

A top vet says we should not throw sticks for our dogs, after a pet was "impaled" during a game of fetch.

It is after a collie punctured her tongue when a game went wrong.

The four inch long splinter displaced Maya's voicebox - but was wedged so deep in her throat it was not immediately obvious to her owner what the problem was.

It was only when Catherine Pryde took her pet for medical help in Lanarkshire that the vet was able to extract the big splinter.

Grace Webster, president of the British Veterinary Association in Scotland, told The Times: "Throwing sticks for your dog can be dangerous and lead to horrific injuries that can be very distressing for both you and your dog, such as causing cuts to their mouths and tongues or, as in this case, getting the stick lodged in their throat.

"Even when the initial wound is treated, splinters of wood have often got stuck and require subsequent operations."

Maya's owners, Catherine and David are urging other dog lovers to know the dangers.

David said: "I’m absolutely devastated by what happened. How many people throw a stick for their dog to chase? It could happen to anyone.

"Maya didn’t kick up much of a fuss and was just really quiet all day. The first time I realised that something was wrong was when she refused to eat any treats.

"The stick was lodged so deep in her throat that when I opened up her mouth I couldn’t see anything.

"I’m so much more conscious of throwing anything for either of my dogs to play with. From now on we’ll be throwing toy plastic sticks which are a lot less likely to be swallowed.

"For people like us, these are our kids. They’re a part of the family and it’s horrible to not have them for even a day. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy."

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