The expert team at Paragon Veterinary Referrals are used to removing foreign objects swallowed by dogs, but the size of a recent article inside the stomach an English Bull Terrier surprised even them.

Seven-year-old Sybil had managed to swallow a whole tea towel which was inside her for five days before being removed.

Adam Bell, internal medicine clinician at Linnaeus-owned Paragon, in Wakefield, was able to remove the tea towel using an endoscopic procedure rather than operating on Sybil.

He said: “Initial X-rays showed the stomach full of what we thought was food, because of the stippled appearance.

“In fact, what it showed is the tea towel bunched up and trapping little bubbles of air to make it look stippled.

“Other ultrasound images of the outflow from the stomach don’t show the cloth directly but do show the black shadow it leaves beyond it by reflecting all the ultrasound.

“One image in particular shows the edge of the cloth as it runs out of the stomach down the intestine with a layer of bright gas between it and the wall of the gut, while another shows the shadow of the cloth with gas over it filling the outflow tract.

“Thankfully, it was possible to remove the tea towel using a scope rather than by a more invasive operation and Sybil has now made a full recovery and is back home.”

Grateful owner, Eric Roberts from Barnsley, said: “We were very concerned as Sybil has been opened up and operated on twice before, once when she had eaten a blanket.

“We knew a third operation would involve risks, however, the experts at Paragon explained that they would be able to do an endoscopic procedure to remove the tea towel which helped with our anxiety.

“Sybil recovered very well and had a spring in her step when my wife collected her, and she even seems to have more energy for life.”

Paragon, owned by Linnaeus, provides expert care in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. 

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