A canine that confirmed indicators of a mind tumour was discovered to have a 7cm (3in) needle lodged in its neck.
Toby, a 13-year-old Yorkshire terrier, was taken to a vet in Nairn within the Highlands after he suffered neck ache, struggled to stroll and confirmed seizure signs.
X-rays later confirmed the needle had pierced his spinal wire.
However surgeons in Edinburgh have been in a position to extract it and Toby went on to make a full restoration.
Proprietor Alexander Jamieson, from Beauly, close to Inverness, stated: “We really feel that with out the assistance of the consultants in Edinburgh, Toby wouldn’t be right here at the moment.
“The care and a spotlight he obtained was out of this world and we’re delighted to see him again to his outdated self.”
Toby was referred to the specialist surgical clinic on the College of Edinburgh’s Hospital for Small Animals on the Royal (Dick) College for Veterinary Research the place vets carried out a CT scan to evaluate any main harm to his spinal wire in August 2018.
They discovered that the stitching needle – which nonetheless had thread connected – was dangerously near his mind.
Toby has now recovered to the purpose the place he is ready to stroll and run usually.
It isn’t identified how the needle ended up in Toby’s neck however vets suspect that he may have eaten it or laid his head on it.
Samantha Woods, senior lecturer, and Jessica McCarthy, senior scientific coaching scholar in small animal surgical procedure, stated they have been delighted with Toby’s progress.
Ms Woods added: “We’re actually happy to see Toby again to full well being, due to the mixed efforts of his vets and our specialist groups right here in Edinburgh.”