Hitchin dog dubbed ‘moneybox’ after X-ray reveals 50p coin in belly

An X-ray image showing the 50-pence piece inside Milo's stomach. Picture: Berry House Veterinary Pra

An X-ray image showing the 50-pence piece inside Milo's stomach. Picture: Berry House Veterinary Practice

This is an X-ray image showing a 50p piece lodged in a border terrier’s belly.

Milo with vet Sally Schroeder and vet nurse Lucy Rogers. Picture: Berry House Veterinary Practice

Milo with vet Sally Schroeder and vet nurse Lucy Rogers. Picture: Berry House Veterinary Practice - Credit: Archant

The coin is one of many eaten by Milo, a three-year-old dog from Hitchin – who had surgery to remove it, and went home the next day.

Milo had his operation at Berry House Veterinary Practice in Hitchin, with clinical director Sally Schroeder taking the 50p out with the help of a vet nurse.

An X-ray revealed the 50p piece after Milo became lethargic and stopped eating.

And it’s not the first time he’s been to the vet to have foreign objects removed from his digestive system.

Milo on a normal day at the beach. Picture: Courtesy of Berry House Veterinary Practice

Milo on a normal day at the beach. Picture: Courtesy of Berry House Veterinary Practice


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Practice manager Tamsin Swain said coins seemed to be his favourite, but Milo had also been known to eat bits of plastic, cleaner bottle tops, a toilet brush, plastic toys, foil and bedding.

Sally said: “I’ve removed many things from dogs’ abdomens, but Milo is the only repeat coin swallower.”

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Tamsin dubbed him ‘Milo the Moneybox’, adding: “He really needs to find somewhere else to keep his savings.”

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