Dog owners fit spaniel with a muzzle only for him to swallow it

Dexter the hungry puppy who eats everything in sight is fitted with a muzzle to make him stop – then EATS that too!

  • Andrew and Teri Gumpert made their 18-month-old spaniel Dexter wear muzzle
  • But the plan backfired when the dog chewed through and swallowed the harness
  • Surrey vet has had to operate four times on Dexter to remove things he’s eaten
  • They include a tennis ball, a pair of ladies’ fishnet tights, chocolate and Duct tape

A dog fitted with a muzzle to stop him munching everything in sight has got his revenge – by eating it.

Andrew and Teri Gumpert made 18-month-old spaniel Dexter wear the leather harness after the animal devoured items including a pair of fishnet tights.

But the plan backfired when he chewed through and swallowed the guard.

Andrew and Teri Gumpert made 18-month-old spaniel Dexter wear the muzzle after the animal devoured items including a pair of fishnet tights

But the plan backfired when the daft dog (pictured) chewed through and swallowed the gag

Mr Gumpert said: ‘It all started with him eating his way through the contents of one of my daughter’s clothes drawers about a year ago and it’s continued ever since.

‘We got him a muzzle but it appears Uncle Casper – our older spaniel – helped him to loosen it to the point where Dexter could get his teeth into it and proceeded to eat it.

‘We hope it’s just a playful puppy thing and he’ll eventually grow out of it as at the moment we can’t take our eyes off him for a minute.

‘He’s a beautiful, loving dog but he is also very mischievous.’

Surrey-based vet Sebastian Griffin has had to perform surgery four times on Dexter to remove things he has eaten.

Surrey-based vet Sebastian Griffin has had to perform surgery four times on Dexter to remove things he has eaten (pictured, fishnet tights)

They include a tennis ball, a pair of ladies’ fishnet tights, some chocolate, Duct tape, wood chippings, a hair scrunchie, a plastic bag and one of his own toys.

Mr Griffin, from Vet4Life in Teddington, said: ‘On four occasions, Dexter required an exploratory celiotomy, which is when a large incision is made down the tummy to identify all the organs within the body.

‘Once the foreign bodies are located the intestines are incised, the foreign body removed and then the intestines are stitched back together.

‘All other organs are then checked before closing and putting stitches in. On other occasions, such as when he ate 12 chocolates, which could easily have proved fatal, the best way of dealing with Dexter was to make him sick.

Mr Griffin, from Vet4Life in Teddington, said: ‘On four occasions, Dexter required an exploratory celiotomy, which is when a large incision is made down the tummy to identify all the organs within the body’

‘This involved an injection to induce vomiting. Of course, this is never pleasant for a dog but it is extremely effective.’

He said young dogs often eat things they should not, but Dexter seems to do it more than most.

‘To do four exploratory surgeries on one dog is certainly unusual,’ he continued.

‘His owners fitted him with a muzzle to stop him eating things but unfortunately he ate that too.’

Mr Griffin said a good trainer or behaviourist can often wean dogs off eating objects.

Keeping them on the lead when walking is also important.

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