Hungry dog recovers after eating 3 feet of Christmas tinsel

·Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Benji recovered after eating the Christmas decorations (SWNS)
Benji recovered after eating the Christmas decorations (PA)

A hungry dog has fully recovered from major surgery - after eating 3 feet of Christmas tinsel.

Benji the German Shepherd, 8, underwent a successful operation to remove the decorations at VetsNow animal hospital in Manchester.

Undated handout photo issued by Vets Now of an X-ray of Benji, an eight-year-old German Shepherd, that has recovered from major surgery in Manchester after eating three feet of tinsel. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday December 20, 2019. Benji was taken for X-rays by owner Olivia Mullen, an animal care assistant, which showed 80cm of tinsel inside the dog's stomach. See PA story ANIMALS Tinsel. Photo credit should read: Vets Now/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
An X-ray of Benji after eating three feet of tinsel (PA)

The dog was taken for was taken for X-rays by owner Olivia Mullen - herself an animal care assistant - which revealed 80cm of tinsel inside his stomach.

Ms Mullen, 24, said: “This is the first time he’s ever done anything like this. He doesn’t even go after shoes or toys, so it was a total surprise.

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“The tree wasn’t up yet and he had actually gone rooting through a box. I was working and my mum called me to say he had eaten some tinsel.

“I see poorly animals on a daily basis at work, but when it came to my own dog, I was an absolute mess … I was so upset and worried, but I knew he was in the best possible hands.”

Benji, with his owner Olivia Mullen (SWNS)
Benji, with his owner Olivia Mullen (PA)

Benji is healing well following the operation and is now at home with Ms Mullen.

Vets Now says it expects a 70 rise in cases of animals ingesting decorations and other foreign objects around Christmas and New Year - and has advised pet owners to be extra careful.


David Owen, lead emergency vet at Vets Now’s Manchester hospital, said: “Shiny tinsel can be very attractive to both dogs and cats but, like anything stringy, it’s extremely dangerous if swallowed.

“If you suspect your dog or cat has swallowed tinsel, or anything similar such as ribbon or thread, don’t wait for signs or symptoms to appear before you act.”