By Adam Dutton via SWNS
A greedy dog was left feeling below par after swallowing 16 GOLF BALLS.
Ben the Boxer was rushed into emergency surgery after the cluster of 4cm wide balls were found lodged in his stomach.
Stunned vets in Runcorn, England were forced to carry out a two-hour operation to save the two-year-old pooch.
Dylan Payne, surgeon at Northwest Veterinary Specialists, said: “We performed an endoscopy of the stomach which revealed a large blockage due to golf balls – lots of golf balls.
“Ben’s stomach was very full so we needed to carry out an urgent surgery to open the stomach to allow us to remove the balls.
“It’s fairly routine, low risk surgery but the removal of so many golf balls is unique. Sixteen is a lot, even for a Boxer.
“The operation was a complete success and Ben is back at home doing very well and gaining weight.”
Ben’s owner David Warren, 70, first noticed his beloved pooch was feeling rough two months ago when he started losing weight.
The retired floor-fitter, from Bootle, Merseyside, took him to the vets who were concerned he had a blockage in his gut.
The grandfather-of-six said: “I had become concerned because Ben had been off his food, had lost weight and then he started being sick.
“One day he’d been sick and there was a golf ball in it but I never thought for a minute it was because he’d eaten it.
“I just thought it was there because we live next to a golf course and he’d been playing with the ball.
“I was horrified when the vets told me about the blockage in his stomach.
“They said it was golf balls and I thought he must have swallowed one or two but they said ‘No, he’s swallowed 16.'
“I couldn’t believe it. I’m not a golfer so these were stray balls from the driving range that he’d found and eaten, which shows how good the local golfers are.
“Thankfully Ben’s bounced back well. The vets at Northwest were brilliant and looked
after him so well and they really made me chuckle when they offered me the bag of balls to take home after the operation.
“I can see the funny side of it all now but at the time it was a very serious situation and no laughing matter.”
David, a widower, is now teaching his mischievous pet to chase after sticks and balls he can’t swallow.
He added: “I have tried to encourage him to play with tennis balls instead, the ones you attach and throw from a stick for the dog to chase - but Ben chewed the stick to pieces. That’s him to a tee.
“I’m going to have to buy some footballs for him to play with now, as he can’t possibly swallow something that size, can he?”
Stories and infographics by ‘Talker Research’ are available to download & ready to use. Stories and videos by ‘Talker News’ are managed by SWNS. To license content for editorial or commercial use and to see the full scope of SWNS content, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an inquiry via our contact form.
What do people lie about on their online dating profiles?
This story version has been formatted as an on-air script for broadcast outlets. See the original research story here. HALF (47%)...
Should the holiday season last longer?
Is there enough time in the holiday season to do everything we want to do?
Meet the man with a knack for kettlebell juggling
"Getting fit and discovering I have a real talent for kettlebell juggling has had such a positive impact on my...
Tortoise celebrates his 190th birthday
Jonathan has lived through two World Wars, watched more than 35 governors of the island come and go and has...
Why this flower with ability to change color may help feed the world
By Mark Waghorn via SWNS A spectacular flower with a unique color-changing ability may hold the key to feeding the...
- Quizzes2 days ago
Take a swipe at our online dating quiz
- Outer Space6 days ago
Wall-E-like robot to provide power on Moon by 2025
- Art6 days ago
Sir Ringo Starr selling life-size statues of his famous Peace and Love hand gesture
- Holidays1 day ago
Should the holiday season last longer?
- Health5 days ago
Top reasons American seniors avoid going to the doctor
- Holidays3 days ago
Stunning photos show 100,000 colorful poinsettias ready for Christmas
- Outer Space3 days ago
NASA grants 3D printing company $57.2 million to build towns on lunar surface
- Outer Space5 days ago
Photos capture the Moon photobombing the Sun