Dog thought to have cancer ate lots of teddy bears

A St Bernard.
A St Bernard. Photo credit: Getty

A British St Bernard thought to have cancer has actually been found to have eaten several teddy bears.

Eight-year-old Maisy had a CT scan after she had fallen ill, and it showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, The Telegraph reports.

Owner Jane Dickinson feared the worst due to Maisy's advanced age. The dog was taken into surgery at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

But once she was under anaesthetic, the surgeon made a shocking discovery - she didn't have cancer at all; her stomach was just filled with teddies.

A total of four teddy bears were found in Maisy's stomach, and any fatal disease was soundly ruled out.

"I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard," surgeon Nick Blackburn told The Telegraph.

"So we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons."

Ms Dickinson said she had dropped Maisy off for surgery wondering if she was ever going to see her furry friend alive again and was delighted Maisy was able to fully recover.

The experience did, however, leave her with some questions about how Maisy ate the toys.

"The toys weren't even hers," she told The Telegraph.

"She will steal the Chihuahuas' toys and play with them, but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal.

"I didn't even recognise one of the toys. My brother also keeps Chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog."