Back in April, a bulldog named Mortimer began having stomach issues. His mom took him to the vet to try to figure out the problem, but no one knew quite what was happening. Neither the vet nor his owners were too concerned about the problem and figured it would pass. Emily Shanahan, Mortimer’s mom, says the diagnosis was unrelated vomiting syndrome and he was given medicine to help the problem. Dr. Doug Brum, who works for MSPCA Angell prescribed the three year old bulldog some medication and sent him home. His family figured this was the end of the story, but it was just the beginning.
By May, Mortimer was not acting like himself. He stopped following his mom around the house and spent the bulk of his time sleeping and eventually stopped eating altogether. That’s when his mom knew something was wrong, and took him to the MSPCA Angell’s Animal Medical Center where they gave the bulldog x-rays and couldn’t believe their eyes. Mortimer had 19 baby pacifiers in his stomach and they were completely blocking his digestive system. Emily was shocked to hear the news: she has two small children, but she had no idea Mortimer was eating their pacifiers. It’s believed that he stole them one at a time over the span of several months, so the family never noticed they were even missing.
The good news is that Dr. Erika de Pap was able to perform a simple surgery to remove all 19 pacifiers from Mortimer’s digestive tract. It’s believed Mortimer began eating the pacifiers around April, which is what caused the initial digestion issues. Nausea and vomiting can have many causes in dogs, so it can be difficult to find the exact cause. But Mortimer’s family acted quickly, which likely saved his life. Mortimer is doing well now, recovering at home—and his family is vigilant to prevent this from happening again.