They Ate WHAT? 2011

Sound®, the world market leader in veterinary imaging, sponsored the annual "They ate WHAT?" Digital Radiography contest in the August issue of Veterinary Practice News. Veterinary radiologist, Dr. Matt Wright judged the contest and picked some impressive winning x-rays.  The winner, Vanessa Hawkins, DVM, won a digital single-lens reflex camera and each runner-up each received a point and shoot camera.

Sound® is proud to sponsor this contest. It is our mission to deliver innovative customer-driven diagnostic imaging and information management solutions that simplify and enhance veterinary workflow, promote better patient care and help the veterinary practice thrive. We believe that through better diagnostic imaging comes better patient care.

Sound®, the world market leader in veterinary imaging, sponsored the annual "They ate WHAT?" Digital Radiography contest in the August issue of Veterinary Practice News. Veterinary radiologist, Dr. Matt Wright judged the contest and picked some impressive winning x-rays.  The winner, Vanessa Hawkins, DVM, won a digital single-lens reflex camera and each runner-up each received a point and shoot camera.

Sound® is proud to sponsor this contest. It is our mission to deliver innovative customer-driven diagnostic imaging and information management solutions that simplify and enhance veterinary workflow, promote better patient care and help the veterinary practice thrive. We believe that through better diagnostic imaging comes better patient care.

Grand Prize Winner

Handballs

"Attached are digital photos of hard copy x-rays taken at my previous place of employment, Valley Veterinary Clinic in Rainier, OR. The dog presented for lameness in a hind leg and while taking radiographs looking for musculoskeletal abnormalities, the handballs were discovered as an incidental finding by a fellow veterinarian. The dog showed no clinical signs of an obstruction and was bright and alert. He was then admitted for a gastrostomy upon which I removed 9 handballs from his very dilated stomach. The owners kept wondering where all the balls were going and assumed that the dog kept losing them."

Vanessa Hawkins, DVM,
Bayshore Animal Hospital

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Runners Up

Chain Collar

"The attached x-ray is from 2 years ago from a 6 month old Bulldog named Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell ate a metal choke chain off of another bulldog in their house.  The owners had no idea until she ate a second metal choke chain and then proceeded to become seriously ill. We were very surprised to find not 1 but 2 chain collars in her stomach! We are happy to say that Tinkerbell did great after her exploratory surgery and is now a wonderful and happy dog with no choke chains allowed in or around their house."

Jenny Yanson
Practice Manager
Suburbia North Animal Hospital

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Honorable Mentions

Duck Eats Nails

"The case being submitted is Penelope Tan, a 2 year old (at the time) domesticated duck. The duck had a crate indoors and a fenced area outside with pool. On trips to the owner's parents, Penelope wanders in an enclosed area under the deck. She presented in March 2007 for left leg lameness and was uncomfortable upon abdominal palpation. Radiographs showed a huge nail and stones in the gizzard. Surgery was performed and Penelope did well and went home. Unfortunately, she didn't learn her lesson and was back with similar signs a month later. Radiographs taken at that time (April 2007) necessitated a second surgery."

Dr. Michael Herko
Falls Road Animal Hospital

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Sewing Needle

"Sally Sana, 1 year-old dachshund, presented for vomiting blood past 24 hours, swollen neck and not eating. Radiographs showed 2 inch sewing needle seen in ventral proximal neck and admitted into hospital for needle removal."

Dr. Lisa Anne Attanasi
Englewood Cliffs Veterinary, P.A

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Dog Eats Spoon

"The patient is a 5 year old Alaskan Malamute who presented to New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine late in the evening. The owner was feeding peanut butter off a spoon when her dog gulped down more than just its treat. The rads also show a piece of a collar and a toy the dog had eaten earlier (totally unrelated to the spoon incident). The patient had surgery at its general practitioner's office and recovered fully."

Stephen Crosby, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine New Haven, CT

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Dinosaur

"This pet had come in for vomiting and eating grass over the weekend. After an initial x-ray was taken there appeared to be a foreign body in the stomach. The dog was sent home to return in the morning for an exploratory surgery. In the morning an additional x-ray was taken to find out where the object was and it had moved from the stomach to the colon and the dog was most likely to pass it. Sure enough the dog passed the "stegosaurus" hard plastic Dinosaur the next morning!"

Caitlin Fickett,
Technician Assistant at Alaska Veterinary Clinic

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Dog Eats Rocks

"Lateral abdominal view of a 9 month old, MN golden retriever who presented for vaccines. During the history the owner reported that the patient started vomiting 2 days prior and appetite had decreased. Abdominal palpation revealed a taut abdomen with a "gravel" feel in cranial abdomen, patient was uncomfortable with palpation. The patient had swallowed large rocks 4-6 cm diameter average."

"Guess the total weight of the rocks removed at surgery? 8 lbs even."

Dr. Bridget Landon
An associate at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

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False Teeth

"Prince Edward, a 9 yr old English Bulldog, ate his owners false teeth when he found them in a bowl that had ice cream in it. The teeth had to be removed surgically because we were not able to grasp them with the endoscope. The teeth were returned to the owner and she is smiling again!"

Patti Klein Manke, DVM
Woodstock Veterinary Clinic

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Hair Ties

"This is "Playboy," a 7 year old domestic shorthair cat that had eaten hair ties, costume necklaces, and an assortment of wires that completely expanded his stomach approximately 3 times its normal size. Interestingly enough his male owner had divorced his wife 6 months prior to Playboy's entry into our hospital for vomiting and anorexia. These hair and beauty items must have been present for at least that time period. He has made a complete recovery and at 2 weeks post-op had gained one pound!"

Richard Craine D.V.M.
Snellville Animal Hospital 


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Dog Eats Screw

"This is an accidental finding on my own labrador retriever puppy, Contessa Noir. We were exchanging our digital processor because ours was not erasing. We had the processor for a few days, but no time to put it in. Finally I had time to change out the processor. After calling the company to do the exchange they advised me to take a spinal film and an abdominal film to check to make sure the processor was working correctly. Contessa was near by so I just grabbed her to take the films and to my surprise when the abdomen shot developed....there I saw....THE SCREW! Luckily it passed without any problems...but we never saw her eat the screw and still don't know where she got the screw from."

Tiffany Jackson, RVT
Hoffman Animal Hospital

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Jingle Bell

"These are abdominal radiographs that were taken on March 26, 2010. The patient had been hospitalized for acute vomiting over the past 3 days. We identified the metallic object in the intestinal tract and removed it surgically via exploratory laparotomy and enterotomy. It was a Christmas Jingle Bell!!! The patient recovered with no problems and is doing well."

Lindsey Diley, DVM
Black Creek Veterinary Hospital

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Magnets

"It may not be one of the strangest objects I've heard of, but it was certainly was one of the strangest and funniest scenarios I've ever seen!"

"A 1.5 year old MN hound mix named Chip presented for a "metal object" sticking out of his abdomen. Upon examination, our RVT identified two small (yet strong) magnets stuck to the skin on the dog's ventral abdomen. These magnets were pulled away, revealing a small pressure sore. After some thought, it was questioned why the magnets were stuck to the dog's underside. A radiograph revealed two more magnets in the dog's belly. It had chewed apart a stuffed animal that contained a magnet in each hand and foot (4 total). The dog swallowed two of the magnets which ended up in the stomach, then somehow his abdomen came in close proximity to the other two laying on the floor, and the two in the stomach had enough attractive force to adhere the remain two to his belly!!! Unfortunately, a radiograph was not taken prior to separation of the magnets. However, a photo was taken of the magnets and belly after they were pulled off."

"Endoscopy was declined to evaluate the wall of the stomach. The owners elected to monitor, and Chip is doing fine."

Dr. Aaron Johnson
Hamilton Crossing Animal Hospital

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Dog Eats Pacifier

"4 month old Golden Retriever pup presented for acute onset of projectile vomiting, lethargy, anorexia and painful abdomen. Radiograph of lateral abdomen confirms multiple foreign bodies in the cranial abdomen- presumable stomach that look like pacifier or baby bttle nipples. Estimate to be 9-10."

Melissa Seavey,
Healthy Paws Veterinary Center

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