Fluffy Dog’s Cancer Scare Turns Out to Be Soggy Teddy Bears She Swallowed Whole


Maisy is a mischievous Saint Bernard who doesn’t seem to like sharing toys. In fact, the extreme measures she recently took to hide some stuffed animals from her furry siblings left her poor human mom in a panic.

Jane Dickinson, Maisy’s mom, became worried when a CT scan showed a mass on Maisy’s spleen and an unusually full stomach. Nick Blackburn, the veterinary surgeon at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in England who operated on Maisy, chalked up Maisy’s results to food not digesting properly and told Dickinson her eight-year-old pooch might have cancer. Fortunately for Dickinson — and Maisy — Blackburn was wrong. The real culprit wasn’t cancer, but rather four stuffed bears.

Maisy St Bernard CT Scan

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paragon Veterinary Referrals) 

“It’s fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn’t, but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat,” Blackburn said in a press release. “I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a Saint Bernard (the average lifespan of a Saint Bernard is eight to 10 years), so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.”

Maisy St Bernard Teddy Bears

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paragon Veterinary Referrals) 

According to Dickinson, Maisy never expressed an interest in chewing on stuffed animals before, so Jane and her husband, James, were stunned when they received Maisy’s real diagnosis. Maisy has two Chihuahua siblings, Mabel and Guinness, and apparently it was the smaller dogs’ bears that she was stealing. “The toys weren’t even hers! She will steal the Chihuahuas’ toys and play with them, but I’ve never seen her trying to chew them,” Dickinson said. “Her eating habits had been completely normal. I didn’t even recognize one of the toys. My brother also keeps Chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog.”

Maisy St Bernard on a Walk

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paragon Veterinary Referrals) 

Currently, Maisy is at home recovering with her mom, dad, and furry siblings. (No word yet on whether Mabel and Guinness have forgiven Maisy for stealing their toys.) “Now it’s like she’s got a new lease on life,” Dickinson said. “She is a good age for a Saint Bernard and has lived longer than any of the others we have had. She’s a one-off!”

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