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Swallowed sewing needle

Max, a young health German Shepherd, was presented with sudden neck pain, He would cry out in pain if one handled his throat region and was making a gagging sound whilst yelping. We sedated him and took x-rays as the presentation was most unusual.

We could see a sewing needle stuck in the pharnynx.

We gave Max a general anaesthetic and found the sewing needle stuck into the tissue at the back of this throat. Thee was a cotton thread attached to the eye of the needle and by gently pulling the thread, the needle was extracted safe and sound. Max was still a bit sore for a few hours, but back to full bounce after that.

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