Cuddles – The Dog That Ate Christmas

On the 27th of November, Cuddles the dog started to vomit at home and became very lethargic. Her owner noticed that a Christmas decoration which she had been playing with had gone missing.

She was immediately taken to her regular veterinarian where she was placed on a drip, given pain relief, antibiotics, and anti-vomiting medication. Despite this care, when Cuddles went home the following day, she continued to vomit. To relieve her owner’s concern she was taken to the local Animal Emergency Centre for further investigation.


At the Animal Emergency Centre, an exploratory surgery of Cuddles’ abdomen was performed to determine the cause of her vomiting. During the surgery, the vet found the missing Christmas decoration: two balls connected by ribbon. One ball was lodged in her stomach, and the other had travelled further along her intestines, with the attached ribbon still connecting both balls. Unfortunately, this had caused some damage along the way, and she needed multiple incisions into her intestines and in her stomach to remove the Christmas decoration.

Cuddles’ body had been through a lot, and this required hospitalisation for an extended period after her surgery. During this time, along with other intensive treatments, she was given two plasma transfusions, pain relief, antibiotics and IV fluids, and monitored very closely.

After four days of intensive care at the AEC, Cuddles was able to eat and drink again. With an increased level of energy, she was much happier in herself. Soon enough Cuddles was well enough to return home to finish her recovery.