Minnesota Dog Undergoes Surgery for ‘Rock Hard’ Abs

Date: Aug. 14, 2013

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – A dog with an abnormal appetite had to have emergency surgery Wednesday at BluePearl Veterinary Partners referral medicine hospital here to remove almost two pounds of rocks he had ingested.

Gordon, a 7-year-old golden retriever, underwent the operation after consuming 16 rocks weighing in at 1.79 pounds.

According to Gordon’s human, he said Gordon must have gotten into some river rocks in the garden, but that only Gordon would be able to explain why he chose to eat rocks when great food is always accessible.

Dr. Jeff Yu, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with BluePearl, performed the two-hour operation.

“You don’t see too many dogs that eat this many rocks usually,” said Yu. “Most dogs will stop after one or two, but Gordon certainly had quite the hankering for some rocks.”

The surgery to remove the rocks was successful and Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,350 people including more than 350 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only services. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.