A ‘traumatised’ couple are warning against leaving pets unattended after their dog nearly lost her tongue when she got it stuck in a plastic ball.Poppy was left with huge chunks on either side of her tongue missing when the tissue turned necrotic due to restricted blood flow. Owners Helen and James Hartley rushed her to the vets in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, after her tongue was left dangling from a single thread of flesh earlier this month.
Surgeons at the Foxhall Veterinary Clinic stitched up Poppy’s tongue and are now sharing her story to highlight the dangers of leaving pets unattended. Helen and James thanked the vets who helped their dog ‘from the bottom of our hearts’ and said: ‘It was really traumatic for us all.’Helen said: ‘She’s been so well loved by everybody at the surgery and we couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated team.
‘Poppy sends sloppy kisses.’
The couple had returned home from work to find Poppy with her tongue stuck in a plastic dog toy rubber ball.
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They managed to wrestle the ball from her month and tongue but noticed her acting strangely and that she was unable to eat or drink.
Vets noticed the front half of Poppy’s tongue was very swollen and had a red line from the ball, but she seemed otherwise fine.
She was given medication and booked in for daily check-ups.
But during the next few days, the red on Poppy’s tongue turned into bruising which started to smell foul and develop white pus.
The flesh on her tongue eventually turned necrotic and died, leaving Poppy with two giant slits on either side where the ball had been.
During surgery all the dead tissue was removed and Poppy’s tongue was stitched back together.
A Foxhall Veterinary Clinic spokesperson said: ‘The surgery was successful and our nurses couldn’t believe it when Poppy ate and drank as soon as she woke up.
‘We’re happy to report that Poppy’s tongue has pretty much healed now, she is using her tongue normally to drink and can still give plenty of kisses.
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‘The stitches are in place but will eventually dissolve.
‘We’ve all grown very attached to Poppy here at Foxhall and we will miss her daily visits.
‘Poppy’s owners wanted us to share her story to highlight the dangers of leaving your dog unattended with toys, no matter how innocent they seem.’