Brandy the Staffie came within a whisker of dying as vets battled for nearly five hours to remove the inch-thick piece of branch from her body.
Astonishingly, the stick managed to miss major blood vessels when it pierced Brandy’s mouth, shot down her throat and finally lodged in her chest.
Shocked owner Sophia-Jayne Lye rushed the badly wounded pet to the nearby PDSA Thamesmead Pet Hospital in south east London where surgeons began touch-and-go surgery.
Today the owner described the horrific scenes when Brandy collapsed in the garden after swallowing the stick.
The owner said: “I was inside when I heard my daughter screaming. I rushed out and saw Brandy lying there with a huge stick pushing out of her chest.
"It was unbelievable. Luckily, she was still breathing but I knew we needed to get her help urgently.”
Following precision surgery, Brandy was allowed home after a several days but the Lye family had to provide round the clock care while still being required make regular visits back to the PDSA hospital to have the drains in her wounds cleaned.
Brandy’s new nickname of Wonder Dog has seen her being shortlisted for PDSA’s Pet Survivor of the Year 2018, which is voted for by the public.
Brandy with PDSA nurse (Image: PDSA)
Brandy moments after swallowing stick (Image: PDSA)
PDSA Pet Hospital leader Laura Davey, said: “Brandy’s were some of the worst stick injuries I’ve ever seen. She was incredibly lucky, as it would’ve been fatal if the stick had hit an artery.
"She was such a wonderful patient, and her owners’ dedication ensured she recovered as quickly as possible.
"We’re delighted she’s up for this award, and think she truly deserves to win.”
Brandy is the only dog to be shortlisted for this year’s award, joining three pet cats — Dexter, Maximus and Skittles — all of whom had to overcome horrific accidents and adversity to survive.
PDSA Senior Vet Sean Wensley, who judged the initial round of pet entries before the shortlist was compiled, said: “Reading these extraordinary cases makes me very proud to be part of such a skilled and dedicated profession.
Brandy back in the running after miracle recovery (Image: PDSA)
“Veterinary teams save the lives of much-loved pets like these every day. The tragic and painful circumstances endured by these pets, along with the devotion shown by their owners, makes them all worthy contenders for the PDSA Pet Survivor title.”
This year’s competition was open to any pet treated for a life-saving illness or injury by a vet between January 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.
To vote for Brandy, see: https://www.pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/our-campaigns/pet-survivor/2018-finalists/brandy
Voting is open until November 30. Only one vote per person.
The winner will be announced before Christmas and will win a luxury pet hamper and a trophy.
* The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards 2018 are supported by Animal PoisonLine, a 24-hour advice line for owners who are concerned that their pets have come into contact with something potentially poisonous. It is run by the UK's only animal poison centre and is a triage service which only directs owners to their vets if treatment is needed. More information is available at www.animalpoisonline.co.uk