A shih-tzu that swallowed a whole kitchen sponge was saved by vet charity PDSA.
Mrs Bird from Jarrow said: “Alfie has always been a mischief maker, but I was astounded when he wolfed down the sponge in one go. He seemed absolutely fine, but I knew he could be in deep trouble.”
Vet nurse Caroline Watson was on duty at PDSA’s Gateshead Pet Hospital when Alfie was brought in. She said: “We gave Alfie an injection to make him sick and thankfully, the medicine worked its magic quickly.
“Thanks to the speedy actions of Maria, Alfie avoided a far worse fate, as when pets swallow foreign bodies, they can cause tears or fatal blockages in the digestive system.
“We were amazed such a small dog managed to swallow a sponge of that size – it can’t have been very pleasant going down or coming back up again.”
Alfie returned home shortly after his ordeal and returned to his usual self.
Mrs Bird added: “I am so grateful to PDSA for its fast action and help with Alfie. We are keeping a close eye on him to make sure he doesn’t snaffle any other spongy treats again.”