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A vets practice in Wiltshire has issued a warning to dog owners not to throw sticks for their pets.
It comes after staff at MiNightVet had to do emergency surgery on a dog called Buddy to remove a six inch stick from his neck.
Buddy was brought into the surgery in Trowbridge by his owners after he had what the vets describe as 'an altercation with a stick'.
The MiNightVet team say "His owners heard him yelp and saw a stick poking out of his mouth which they removed. Buddy still looked a bit sad and his mouth was very sore so Vet Leo & Nurse Jo anaesthetised him to take a better look!"
Vet Leo Leiras used an endoscope to investigate the problem.
He, with his veterinary nurse Johanna Page, was able to extract what was revealed to be the rest of the stick that had broken off and would have caused major problems to Buddy if it had not been taken out. It was almost six inches long.
Nurse Johanna Page says, "The stick was removed from Buddy's neck. It had penetrated into his mouth near the side of his tongue and tracked down the inside of his neck, narrowly missing his jugular."
The team also removed a tiny stick that had punctured Buddy's mouth and a length of grass that was also doing damage.The team left a heartfelt message on the surgery's Facebook page:
Please do not throw sticks or allow your dogs to play with sticks. Buddy has been an incredibly lucky boy to recover with no problems but the outcome may not be the same next time!