Your Patient Swallowed What?

Posted: March 21, 2011 3:33 PM


Entries are being accepted for Veterinary Practice News’ sixth annual “They Ate What?” radiograph contest, which highlights the dietary indiscretions committed by veterinary clients’ dogs, cats, snakes guinea pigs, cows and horses.

A digital single-lens reflex camera is the grand prize. Two runners-up will each receive a point-and-shoot digital camera.

The entry deadline is June 30. Winners will be announced in the September issue of Veterinary Practice News.

Sound-Eklin of Carlsbad, Calif., is sponsoring the contest.

“With the proliferation of digital technology over the past few years, we expect to see many well-defined cases presenting an even greater variety of findings,” said Greg Stoutenburgh, vice president of marketing for Sound-Eklin.

High-resolution radiographs must be submitted electronically to The submitter must include his or her name, the clinic name and address, a telephone number and a brief explanation of the case.

Entries become the property of BowTie Inc., which reserves the right to use them in any publication, media or promotion. Contestants agree that their photo, text, name and city may be posted on BowTie websites and, in the case of the winners, on sponsor websites.

Amy McGinness, DVM, of Middleburg, Fla., won the 2010 contest with a radiograph displaying a stomach full of metal objects. Hooch, a 2-year-old hound mix, presented with vomiting and lethargy. In all, 309 screws, nails and fence staples—souvenirs from his family’s fence project a week before—were surgically removed.

Matthew Wright, DVM, Dipl. ACVR, judged the contest and commented that whoever counted all the pieces deserved the award.

Dr. McGinness held a “guess the number of objects” contest for staff members, similar to contests in which participants guess the number of jelly beans in a jar.

Last year’s runners-up were Patricia N. Young, DVM, CVA, CCRP, of Charlotte, N.C., for her radiograph of a spiral telephone cord in a 6-year-old retriever mix, and Stephen H. Hart, DVM, of Jacksonville, Fla., for a radiograph of a 5-inch paring knife in a 7-year-old male lab.

Fishing hooks, rubber duck bath toys, pricey diamond rings and a gut full of gravel were other impressive entries in the contest’s first five years.

Winners in the contest’s first three years were radiographs of snakes. One ate two light bulbs; a 65-pound specimen ate a rabbit and the electric warming blanket on which it sat; and a snake that had eaten a snake that had eaten a mouse.



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