A Merseyside dog needed urgent surgery after a strange ‘blockage’ was found in his stomach.
Stray balls often roll into Ben the Boxer and his owner David Warren’s backyard as the two live next to a golf course.
But, unbeknownst to David, Ben had been snacking on it regularly.
The two-year-old dog underwent rushed surgery after a vet discovered the accumulation of 4cm-wide bullets in his stomach.
David, 70, said his beloved pet seemed “different” about three months ago.
The grandfather-of-six said: “I was worried because Ben ran out of food, lost weight and then got sick.
“One day he was sick and there was a golf ball in there, but I never thought it was because he ate it.
“I just thought it was there because we live next to a golf course and he was playing with the ball.
“I was horrified when the vets told me about the blockage in his stomach.
“They said they were golf balls and I thought he must have swallowed one or two, but they said ‘no, he swallowed 16’.”
“I could not believe it. I’m not a golfer so these were stray balls from the driving range that he found and ate which shows how good the local golfers are.”
Ben was taken to a vet in Runcorn, Cheshire, where he underwent a two-hour operation.
Dylan Payne, a surgeon at Northwest Veterinary Specialists, said: “We did an endoscopy of the stomach, which revealed a large blockage by golf balls – lots of golf balls.
“Ben’s stomach was very full so we had to do an urgent surgery to open the stomach so we could remove the eggs.
“It’s a fairly routine, low-risk operation, but removing so many golf balls is unique. Sixteen is a lot, even for a boxer.”
Ben is now back home and has recovered to full health after the scare.
David is now teaching the pup to chase sticks and play with healthier balls.
He added: “The North West Vets were brilliant and looked after him so well and they really made me laugh when they offered me the bag of balls to take home after the surgery.
“I tried to encourage Ben to play with tennis balls instead, which you attach to a stick and throw off a stick for the dog to chase – but Ben chewed the stick to bits.
“Now I have to buy him some footballs to play with as there’s no way he can swallow something that big, right?”
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