Dog Recovers After Arrow Shaft Removed From Body


Remington is like any other normal dog except for the fact that he survived having an arrow shaft in his body for an unknown period of time.

This two-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever was adopted by the Cornelisse family last June. Remington was incredibly active, loved to play and was friendly. But this all changed last week.

The 100-pound dog was not himself. He didn’t want to play and didn’t want to even move. When Scott Cornelisse tried to pick up Remington around the chest, he felt something stuck between his fingers and at first, he thought it was a broken rib.

The veterinarian was called and the Cornelisse family was told to keep a close watch on Remington throughout the night and bring him to the animal hospital first thing in the morning.

When the first x-ray was done, it showed the presence of the arrow. Cornelisse said he was shocked when he was told that “it looks like the arrow is through his heart.”

But the second X-ray showed that the arrow was not in Remington’s heart, and that the arrow originally entered his body under the left armpit.

Somehow, Remington had survived having an aluminum arrow shaft complete with a field tip stuck inside his body. But Remington was in pain because the arrow shaft had shifted in his body and was causing him discomfort.

Dr. Steven Harden, the veterinarian, offered up his services for free to save Remington’s life. He successfully removed the arrow in three minutes, and now Remington is recovering from his surgery.

No one knows why, when, and where Remington was shot with the arrow, but they are just ecstatic that he is doing well and will be back to normal soon.

Harden said, “This was a unique case because of how long the arrow had been in there. Animals are amazing, and this dog is proof of that. For me, this is a celebration of the dog, not the doctor.”

Source: The Muskegon Chronicle

8 Responses to “Dog Recovers After Arrow Shaft Removed From Body”

  1. Lynne says:

    The vet didn’t charge them? Wow.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    Where the arrow entered the dog’s body…..That was meant to be a fatal heart shot from the person who aimed that weapon at the poor innocent dog. Whomever did this hopefully burns in hell. What a courageous and brave dog and Thank God the Cornelisse’s love him and will take such good care! And what a kind vet.

  3. kaefamily says:

    Couldn’t the arrow be traced back to its owner? I meant wasn’t there some type of identification on the arrow itself like a bullet?

  4. Tanya says:

    Neither Arrows nor Bullets are registered, so i’m not sure how one would track an arrow or a bullet back to its “owner”.

    Glad the puppy is doing well and is safe and sound now !

    Strange things do indeed happen.

  5. louisa says:

    Dr. Steven Harden, Man of the Year!

  6. Tammy says:

    This is a truly amazing story!! With a happy ending! :)

  7. Velvet's Dad says:

    What a kind and terrific vet!

  8. trudyjackson says:

    So happy it turned out good for the poor dog.

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