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Mountain home veterinarian saves dog who lunched on live ammunition

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click to enlarge YUMMY: chewed-up bullets extracted from Benno. - JOSH DOOLEY/THE BAXTER BULLETIN
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  • YUMMY: chewed-up bullets extracted from Benno.
From the veterinarian beat: the Baxter Bulletin reports that Benno, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, had successful surgery to remove 23 live rifle rounds the dog had eaten. The .308 caliber ammunition was in a bag by Benno's owner's bed. 

Here's the Bulletin on the efforts of vet Sarah Sexton at All Creatures Animal Hospital:

Sexton operated on Benno and during a procedure that lasted approximately two hours, she removed 16 live, highly chewed rounds and one shell from the dog's stomach.

"It was an adventure. If you think of the stomach as a balloon, where I made my incision, all the heavy metal went to the bottom," said Sexton. "I had to scoop it all up and bring it up to the location of my incision."

Once she removed the ammo from the dog, Sexton had Benno x-rayed once more, just to be sure she got all the ammo. Two x-rays were needed to cover the digestive track of the large dog. That's when Sexton saw two more rounds in the dog's esophagus.

The vet made the decision not to open Benno up again to remove the last two rounds. The surgery itself went fine and Benno is expected to make a full recovery.

"Since the ammo is not toxic, I decided not to go back in," said Sexton. "I decided we'd give it a week to see if he would vomit them up or pass them."

Sure enough, Benno passed one round five days after his ammunition buffet. Benno 'shot' the final round on Thursday, some eight days after his high-caliber snack.


From the Bulletin, partial list of items that Benno has previously eaten before moving on to bullets: 

• Stuffed animals

• Rubber Toys

• Coins

• 8-by-8-inch square pieces of cloth

• Styrofoam peanuts

• Cheese wrappers

• Rocks

• Paper

• Wax paper

• Aluminum foil

• Shirts

• Socks

• Underwear

• Bra

• Tennis shoes

• Rope

• Nylon straps

• Weed eater string

• Gasoline-soaked lawn mower air filter

• Blankets

• Marbles

• Plastic bag

• Quilt batting

• Sewing straight pins

• Plastic soda bottle

• Magnets

• Bottle lids swallowed whole

• Television remote

• Loaf of bread (wrapper included)

• Broken glass

• Chicken legs (swallowed whole)

• Nylon hairbrush

• LEGOs

• Travel size bottle of lotion

• Baseboards

• Drywall (just randomly ate a piece of wall).

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