Watch Veterinarians' Shock When They Pull an Old Sock Out of Puppy's Intestines During Surgery
Though vomiting, anorexia, lethargy and diarrhea may be common in newborn puppies, this Texas family may have saved their dog in the nick of time when they brought him into the hospital.
When the family of four brought Thanos, a 4-month-old pit bull puppy, to the Cy-Fair Animal Hospital in Cyprus, it was clear he wasn't acting like himself.
"His family adopted him not too long before that, but it was very obvious that he was a big part of the family and loved very much," said Dr. Michael Lavigne, a veterinarian in Animal Planet's The Vet Life.
"It's really scary, he's like a member of our family," the father said in the clip. "We didn't know what was going to happen. The kids were worried. We're a family together."
Lavigne told InsideEdition.com that he could immediately tell something was wrong: "Thanos was vomiting and not eating for several days when he was brought in on this visit. He was lethargic, and didn't want to play or do much of anything like he normally would.
Even though Lavigne said these signs are not uncommon among puppies, the symptoms could point to many different problems.
To stay on the safe side, Lavigne could then be seen in the Animal Planet clip taking Thanos for an x-ray, after the dog's young owners gave him a kiss goodbye.
Though Lavigne wasn't able to distinguish what was stuck in his stomach, he was worried about an obstruction in the canine's intestine, and suspected it had already done some damage to Thanos' body.
"Prior to surgery, it was still unclear how serious his case would actually turn out to be," he told InsideEdition.com. "Because of how long he had gone without eating, it was definitely time to go in surgically to explore. Waiting too long to go to surgery can sometimes be detrimental."
They brought the pit bull puppy into surgery, where Lavigne can be heard in the clip discovering what was causing the puppy discomfort: "It looks like... is that a sock?"
The toe was chewed out, and the sock already caused inflammation and bruising to Thanos' intestinal tract. But, Lavigne had good news — the sock passed through his intestines, making it relatively straightforward to pull the sock out of colon.
"Because I didn't end up having to open the intestines or stomach, the surgery was not as invasive or complicated, which resulted in a much quicker time for Thanos," Lavigne told InsideEdition.com.
Three months after the surgery, Lavigne was happy to report that the baby pit bull's prognosis was excellent: "Thanos is doing great now! He's growing a lot, and back to being a normal, playful puppy."
He can be seen in the clip from The Vet Life back to his energetic old self, rolling around and playing with the rest of the family.
For more stories like this, be sure to catch The Vet Life, premiering Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on Animal Planet.