Yes, it is true.  On 9/7/11 at 6:00 p.m. Isabella swallowed a sewing needle.  YIKES!  I saw something in her mouth, got to her, opened her mouth, saw what loooked like a needle or pin, reached for it...gulp, it was GONE!  She certainly is a canine vaccuum cleaner with a bite like a vice grip...She has done well with "drop it" and had gotten many other unsavory things in her mouth, but NEVER swallowed anything...Fun.


Straight to the ER vet where she acted like her typical puppy self.  Crazy dog!  The xray revealed the needle in her tummy.  By the time they got to surgery, it had moved to her large intestine.  It may have passed.  I wouldn't have waited around to find out anyway, but the fact that it wasn't removed right away I think made the surgery a bit more difficult than originally anticipated.  Anyway, it was retrieved, thread and all.  I have this, the xrays and massive credit card debt as my souvenirs for this unfortunate adventure.


This all happened just one month after she spent a night in the ER vet and the following day and night with her regular vet for what was determined to be a "virus"...throwing up, no appetite, listless, blood in stool/diarrhea, fever...


Moral of the story...Insure your puppy!  Oh, how I wish I had done that!!!!  Her first year with us has been VERY expensive, with the bulk of it in just the last month... 




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Comment by Ellen Andersen on September 12, 2011 at 9:57pm
Yikes!  What a horrible experience for all of glad you saw it, though.  It could happen so quickly and you might not have seen it then eeeesh!  Glad she's healing...silly pooch.
Comment by David on September 12, 2011 at 9:34pm
Glad to hear she is OK!!!
Comment by Nancy Geddes on September 12, 2011 at 8:32pm
What a sweet girl!  I am glad that all turned out for the best.  Yes, many of us have credit debt due to our dog(s).  All the best from Williamsburg, VA:  Nancy, Bear, Tasha and Linus
Comment by Bev Levy on September 12, 2011 at 8:21pm
She has something in common with our Misty who has swallowed a rope toy, bathroom rug, and small leather purse including contents and those are only the items that required surgery (there were other things that actually passed). Fortunately those three surgeries were paid for by my son before she came to live with us. So sorry you and Molly had to go through this. Just be extra cautious from now on about things she can get a hold of. Thousands of dollars later we know that Misty can not be trusted alone no matter how good she has been.
Comment by Sam Tsang on September 12, 2011 at 7:27pm
So glad to hear Isabella is okay!!!
Comment by Molly and Isabella on September 12, 2011 at 7:24pm
She's already back to her frisky self.  :o)  She was only down for a few days.  She keeps getting her KONG ball and dropping it at my feet or in my lap.  So sad, she wants to play in the worst way!  Keeping her calm is going to be a challenge...
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on September 12, 2011 at 7:20pm
Awww, sorry you had to go through this.  Hope you are back to running and frapping before you know it.  Get well soon.
Comment by Jane Christensen on September 12, 2011 at 6:46pm
So sorry you both had to go through this! She still has a cute smile on her face:)

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