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Peanut butter-loving pooch has lucky escape after devouring glass jar

Bentley the labrador needed emergency surgery after he gulped down a whole jar of peanut butter, including the jar, on Friday night.

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Bentley the labrador needed emergency surgery after he gulped down a whole jar of peanut butter, including the jar, on Friday night.

A love of peanut butter turned into a dangerous close shave for a Kāpiti family’s dog this weekend.

Carla van Ansem’s 11-year-old Labrador Bentley gulped down an entire jar of peanut butter – glass jar included – after he “ransacked” her handbag Friday night.

She came home to find her bag’s contents strewn about the floor and Bentley in a bad way.

“There was peanut butter and blood all over the carpet. He was a bit of a mess,” van Ansem said.

VetCare surgeons removed seven shards of glass, some peanut butter labels and a 45cm length of plastic wrap from Bentley's stomach on Saturday morning.

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VetCare surgeons removed seven shards of glass, some peanut butter labels and a 45cm length of plastic wrap from Bentley’s stomach on Saturday morning.

Bentley was rushed to Massey Vets in Palmerston North to be examined, before a five-person emergency surgical team was assembled at VetCare Veterinary Hospital in Masterton the next morning.

“The vet services have been really fantastic. We’re incredibly grateful,” van Ansem said.

Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath came off annual leave and her senior nurse came off sick leave for Bentley’s three-hour procedure on Saturday morning.

Bentley the Labrador, in happy times.

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Bentley the Labrador, in happy times.

“With these kinds of injuries the results can be catastrophic if they’re not dealt with quickly,” Ward-McGrath said.

Seven shards of glass, labels from the jar and a 45cm length of plastic wrap were removed from his stomach.

Ward-McGrath had cared for Bentley most of his life and described him as a lovable “dork”.

“He opened his little chocolate labrador eye and looked at me as if to say ‘oops’,” she said.

Shards of the peanut butter jar removed from Bentley's stomach after his emergency laparotomy on Saturday morning.

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Shards of the peanut butter jar removed from Bentley’s stomach after his emergency laparotomy on Saturday morning.

Over her 25 years in the profession, Ward-McGrath said she had removed all kinds of objects from dogs’ stomachs – from a Lego tree to golf balls, hacky sacks, even a needle and thread.

“Labradors can eat all sorts of amazing things. Nothing surprises me,” she said.

Bentley will be taking it easy at home for another seven days and Ward-McGrath said he had a new 25cm long “midline zip” scar to mark his adventure.

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When Ward-McGrath spoke to stuff on Sunday afternoon she was on her seventh after hours callout that day.

Before she had interrupted her time off for Bentley’s surgery she had worked “almost every day” for the past year.

The country was short nearly 700 vets, she said, and staff were struggling to keep up with demand.

“We have a massive demand and not enough surgical staff, We really need some help.”

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