A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach during exploratory surgery.
The head technician at Good Shepherd’s Veterinary Hospital in Mars tells WTAE-TV that the black Lab named Tiki wasn’t responding to medicine for vomiting, diarrhea and a loss of appetite, and X-rays showed a mass in its stomach.
Concern turned into surprise – and relief – when the doctor removed evidence of Tiki’s unusual tastes during a two hour long surgery.
“Four rubber bands, a band aid, eight pairs of underwear, and 62 hair ties is a lot to be in a dog’s stomach,” Doctor Ibrahim said, “especially of Tiki’s size.”
Dr. I, as he is known, likened the surgery to a magician pulling a long string of scarves out of his sleeve.
“I found this hair band, attached to another hair band, to another one, to another one,” Doctor Ibrahim said.
The dog’s owner, Sara Weiss, says Tiki once swallowed a plastic foam dart, but that passed through the dog’s system naturally. She’s just glad that her dog with the remarkable appetite is free of the sizable lump in her stomach and recovering nicely.
The Associated Press and WTAE-TV contributed to this report.