They Look Like Ordinary Dogs But Wait Till You See What Their Doctors Found

It looks like something from a 1950s science-fiction film, ghostly white spheres floating on a gray background. But no, it’s just Zeus, a year-old Doberman Pinscher from Ohio. Specifically, it’s radiograph of the dog’s stomach and the 26 golfballs that proved to be an expensive snack.

It’s that time again. Veterinary Practice News has chosen the winners in its annual X-Ray contest, aka “They Ate What?!” The contest was sponsored by Trupanion pet insurance of Seattle.

The golf-ball radiograph earned the hungry dog’s vet, Gordon Schmucker, DVM, of Lisbon Veterinary Clinic in Ohio, the $1,500 first prize. After surgery to remove the balls, Zeus is now fine.

Zeus wasn’t the only pet whose unhealthy appetites resulted in unforgettable X-Ray images. Others included:

  • A 10-week-old Labrador Retriever who swallowed a fishing pole and earned his vet, Mike Jones, DVM, of Woodland West Animal Hospital, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the second place prize of $1,000.
  • Another Lab, 6-months-old, swallowed a door hinge. The radiograph was worth $500 third place prize to Theresa Taylor, DVM, of Cherryville Animal Hospital, in North Carolina. The pup, Avery, sailed through surgery and had recovered enough by the next morning to eat her IV line.
  • Honorable mentions went to images of the gastrointestinal tracts of dogs who swallowed spider, frog, T-rex, and duck plastic toys, Teddy bears, fishing weights, steel wool pads, a perfume bottle, Gorilla Glue, and a spoon.