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