“We heard some scuffling in the kitchen and the next thing we saw was a tuna can stuck to her face! It was shocking to see!”
We always hear the phrase "curiosity killed the cat" but all of those people who own dogs know this very well that dogs are not any less than cats when it comes to showing their curious and adventurous side.
This is what happened to a 10-year-old Staffordshire Bullterrier named Bonnie when he decided to experiment with a tuna can.
Bonnie's owner Louisa gave him a yummy fish treat and then discarded the can in the dustbin. But Bonnie didn't trust his human enough and wanted to check for himself if the can is completely empty or not.
A little while later, Louisa heard some weird scuffling noises from the kitchen, “We heard some scuffling in the kitchen and the next thing we saw was a tuna can stuck to her face! It was shocking to see!” said Louisa.
“Her tongue was trapped in the can and I tried to remove it myself but the tin was so sharp I didn’t want to make it worse and badly cut her. I called PDSA to see if they could help, and they told me to bring her straight in,” said the owner. In case you didn’t know, PDSA is the UK’s largest veterinary charity covering England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland with 48 Pet Hospitals and Pet Clinics.
Bonnie was in immense pain with her mischievous trick and had to be rushed to Nottingham PDSA Pet Hospital, where vets are running an emergency service during the Coronavirus lockdown. PDSA Vet Sarah Campbell explained to the owners that removing the can with Bonnie awake would be too risky as she was becoming more anxious. Because of that, she was given an anesthetic so it could be removed safely.
“Once she was under the anesthetic the can was relatively easy to remove. We were able to carefully remove it so the cut to her tongue was small and luckily she didn’t need any stitches,” said the vet.
“It was a very unusual case to see, which could have become very serious if the tin had cut the tongue deeply. But thankfully we were able to remove the can safely and Bonnie was able to go home the same day to recover from her ordeal.”
Louisa added: “Bonnie has never done anything like this before but it’s a lesson learned and we’ll be keeping a close eye on her to avoid something like this happening again.”
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