Curious canine needed emergency treatment after getting tongue trapped in tuna tin

A hungry hound ended up needing emergency treatment from PDSA vets after getting her tongue stuck in can of tuna.

Bonnie, a ten-year old Staffordshire Bull terrier cross, had been given her favourite fish as a teatime treat, but when her owner put the discarded tin in the recycling bin, Bonnie saw her chance for an extra helping.

Owner Louisa Davis from Nottingham said: “We heard some scuffling in the kitchen and the next thing we saw was a tuna can stuck to her face. It was shocking to see. Her tongue was trapped in the can and I tried to remove it myself, but the tin was so sharp, I didn’t want to make it worse and badly cut her. I called PDSA to see if they could help, and they told me to bring her straight in.”

Louisa took Bonnie to Nottingham PDSA Pet Hospital and she was seen immediately for urgent treatment as she was becoming increasingly distressed and the stuck tin was causing her pain.

PDSA vet Sarah Campbell explained that removing the can would be too risky to do with her awake as she was becoming more anxious. She was given an anaesthetic so it could be removed safely by the vet team.

Sarah said: “Once she was under the anaesthetic the can was relatively easy to remove. We were able to carefully remove it so the cut to her tongue was small and luckily, she didn’t need any stitches.

“I was a very unusual case to see, which could have become very serious if the tin had cut the tongue deeply. But thankfully we were able to remove the can safely and Bonnie was able to go home he same day to recover from her ordeal.”

Louisa added: “Bonnie has never done anything like this before it’s a lesson learnt, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on her to avoid something like this happening again.”

In times of uncertainty and hardship, much-loved pets like Bonnie will still need emergency care. That’s when PDSA steps in to help, but they are facing a crisis and need your help.