Blues player's dog needs op after swallowing 10 Brillo pads

Blues player's dog needs op after swallowing 10 Brillo pads

The X-ray showing the Brillo pads inside Kia

Marc Laird

Kia needed a two-hour operation after swallowing the scourers

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SOUTHEND United player Marc Laird is relieved his “mad dog” survived to tell the tail after it swallowed 10 Brillo pads.

The midfielder’s five-year-old boxer, Kia, needed two hours of complex surgery to remove the pads last Monday but is on the mend after having the stitches out on Wednesday.

Mr Laird said: “It’s just mad. She’s a really funny dog. She’s got a funny character.

“She doesn’t even chew.”

The hungry hound became unwell after apparently wolfing down the pads as Mr Laird’s girlfriend Lindsey Crow was cleaning their oven.

Mr Laird, 25, became concerned when the usually perky pooch failed to welcome him home after the Blues’ game against Bury on Saturday, December 1, and they took him to a vet on Monday.

Vets first thought objects in Kia’s stomach revealed by an x-ray were tin foil, but after two hours under the knife they pulled out a full pack of Brillo pads.

Vet Claire Nicholls, of Southfields Veterinary Surgery in Cheshire, where Mr Laird has a home with Miss Crow, said: “It’s a ridiculous thing for a dog to eat.

“Brillo pads are pretty unusual. You would have thought it would be horrible to get past the teeth.”

Ms Nicholls, whose own dog used to eat socks and who has treated other dogs after eating a swimming costume and even a chair leg, warned Kia could have been serious injured.

The pads could have caused an obstruction or ruptured her intestine, which could have killed her.

Mr Laird usually feeds Kia dried dog food and occasionally chicken breasts and rice, but her unusual appetite has resulted in items going missing before.

Three years ago she ate one of the footballer’s recovery pads, a synthetic material tube about the size of half a trouser leg used to help athletes recover after competing.

Mr Laird is just happy Kia survived the ordeal and that he had pet insurance to cover the £800 bill.

He said: “I’m delighted. She means the world to me and my partner.

“It was just a genuine accident.”

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9:14am Fri 14 Dec 12

AuldGit says...

"Survived to tell the tail"? Hope the tail was listening - my dog's ears are at the other end.
Glad to hear that Kia is fine after her ordeal!
"Survived to tell the tail"? Hope the tail was listening - my dog's ears are at the other end. Glad to hear that Kia is fine after her ordeal! AuldGit
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12:19pm Fri 14 Dec 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

£400 p/h vets bill i'm in the wrong trade. Boxers are crazy dogs though,
£400 p/h vets bill i'm in the wrong trade. Boxers are crazy dogs though, notinwestcliffanymore
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1:06pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Barry Bas says...

She was feeling a bit ruff for a while but is expected to scrub up well.
She was feeling a bit ruff for a while but is expected to scrub up well. Barry Bas
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6:50pm Fri 14 Dec 12

marshman says...

lol ... :)
lol ... :) marshman
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7:45pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Thames Gateway says...

Bet they scoured the internet for this story. Maybe the dog was the wire haired variety?
Bet they scoured the internet for this story. Maybe the dog was the wire haired variety? Thames Gateway
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9:58pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Nebs says...

I didn't know they still sold brillo pads, thought they went out when dishwashers came in.
I didn't know they still sold brillo pads, thought they went out when dishwashers came in. Nebs
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