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They Ate What? 2011 Pet X-ray Contest Winners

Check out this year’s best radiographs.

Posted: September 20, 2011

Veterinary Practice News would like to thank everyone who sent radiographs in for this year’s competition. Each year we’re amazed at the images and stories that come in. We would also like to thank the judge, Matt Wright, DVM, Dipl. ACVR, who had the tough task of selecting a winner.

And If you enjoy this article, please check out these other contest winners:
They Ate What? Pet X-Ray Contest 2012 Winners
2013 Pet X-ray Contest Winners: They Ate What?

This year’s winner, Vanessa Hawkins, DVM, will receive a digital single-lens reflex camera courtesy of contest sponsor Sound-Eklin of Carlsbad, Calif. The runners-up will receive a point-and-shoot camera.

Grand Prize Winner

Vanessa Hawksin, DVM
Bayshore Animal Hospital
Warrenton, Ore.

Handballs removed











The dog was presented for lameness in a hind leg, and while taking radiographs looking for musculoskeletal abnormalities, nine handballs were discovered as an incidental finding.


Runners Up

Lisa Anne Attanasi, DVM
Eaglewood Cliffs Veterinary
Eaglewood Cliffs, N.J.

Beagle Beagle xray

Beagle removal

Wailen, a 12-year-old beagle, ate shoe laces, mulch, knee high stocking, a plastic plant, plastic ties and bristles of a car snow cleaning brush.

Jenny Yanson, practice manager
Suburbia North Animal Hospital

Slip collar

A 6-month-old bulldog, Tinkerbell, ate a training collar off another bulldog in their house.  The owners had no idea until she ate a second metal slip collar and then proceeded to become seriously ill.  Doctors were surprised to find two slip collars in her stomach.

Honorable Mentions

Michael Herko, DVM
Falls Road Animal Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

Duck Nail and stones

Penelope, a 2-year-old duck, presented for left leg lameness and was uncomfortable upon abominal palpation. Radiographs showed a nail and stones in her gizzard. Surgery was performed and Penelope went home. She was back a month later. Radiographs revealed another nail and a second surgery was performed.

Lisa Anne Attanasi, DVM
Eaglewood Cliffs Veterinary
Eaglewood Cliffs, N.J.

Sewing needle side sewing needle

Radiographs showed a 2-inch sewing needle seen in ventral proximal neck in Sally, a 1-year-old dachshund.

Melissa Seavey
Healthy Paws Veterinary Center
Westborough, Mass.

Baby Baby removal baby removed

A 4-month-old golden retriever ate 10 baby bottle nipples.

Dr. Shriaz Juma
Sherbrook Animal Hospital
Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada

Guitar string Guitar string xray Cat guitar string

A 6-month-old male kitten, Keelee, loved playing with the guitar that the owner was fixing. Owner tried to pull the string and because it wouldn’t come, he brought Keelee in.

Stephen Crosby, CVT, VTS
New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine
New Haven, Conn.

malamute Malamute xray

The owner was feeding peanut butter off a spoon to her Alaskan malamute, who gulped down more than just its treat. The rads also show a piece of a collar and a toy the dog had eaten earlier (totally unrelated to the spoon incident).

Monica Hazelwood, DVM
VCA Mountainview Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge
Highlands Ranch, Colo.


Barkley, a 5 1/2-year old cocker spaniel, presented for vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Radiographs revealed a game board die in his small intestine.

Adam Honeckman, DVM
Mobile Veterinary Diagnostic
Orlando, Fla.

Lab spoon Spoon xray

Raven, a 4-year-old female Labrador, was offered a spoonful of peanut butter but decided to eat the spoon, too. The spoon was successfully removed endoscopically.

Beth Shannon, DVM
North Liberty Pet Clinic
North Liberty, Iowa


A 1 1/2-year-old male Chi-weenie had chewed on a bottle of Gorilla Glue. The glue expanded in his stomach and molded to it perfectly. He had a complete recovery after the surgery.

Caitlin Fickett
Alaska Veterinary Clinic
Anchorage, Alaska


This dog came in for vomiting and eating grass. A radiograph revealed a foreign body in the stomach. The next morning, an additional X-ray better showed the object: a hard plastic dinosaur.

Bridget Landon, DVM
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital
Reno, Nev.


A 9-month-old golden retriever presented for vaccines. The owner reported that the patient started vomiting two days prior and appetite had decreased. The patient had a gutful of rocks measuring 4-6 cm in diameter.

Patti Klein Manke, DVM
Woodstock Veterinary Clinic
Woodstock, N.Y.


Prince Edward, a 9-year-old bulldog, ate his owner’s false teeth when he found them in a bowl that had ice cream in it. The teeth were returned to the owner and she is smiling again!

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Reader Comments
After traveling 2-hours to havae my cocker see a specialist, I was told the appointment would be delayed for emergency suregerny . . .a dog had been brought in after swallowing a spatula!
Barb, Richmond, VA
Posted: 5/25/2013 11:03:24 PM
I went into the bathroom one day and saw there was no toilet paper. I thought "Hmm, I could have sworn I just put a new roll there yesterday." Next day the dog pooped out wads & wads of toilet paper. He ate the entire roll.
Sylvia, Kaneohe, HI
Posted: 5/6/2013 11:35:17 PM
Came home and found just maroon and blue colored threads on the carpet. Couldn't figure what toy our Redbone Coon Hound Sophie Sue had destroyed. Towards dinner time we finally did, both of the pot holders were gone.
Phyllis, Marysville, WA
Posted: 10/16/2012 2:01:37 PM
LOL...amazing what they'll get into. My Duncan (dog) once ate a box of birthday candles. I didn't know they were missing but figured it out when he pooped out multicolor!
Ann, Endwell, NY
Posted: 9/4/2012 9:48:48 AM
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