Wheelchair-Bound Dog Swallows Bones, Treated Successfully at Angell Animal Medical Center

November 23, 2011

Boston, Mass., Nov. 23, 2011 – It will be a happy Thanksgiving after all for Max, a 10-year old Corgi treated by veterinarians today at Angell Animal Medical Center after he discovered his family’s leftover barbeque dinner and ate several large bones.  Max, who also suffers from degenerative myelopathy, and as such is confined to a wheelchair, was brought in by his owner after experiencing serious abdominal discomfort.


Angell veterinarian Emily Finn assumed responsibility for Max’s care and immediately took x-rays to assess the amount of boney material left in his GI tract.  He was then treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.  Now resting in Angell’s Critical Care Unit, Max is expected to make a full recovery and be home in time for Thanksgiving.  “Max captured the attention of everyone in the hospital today with his amazing wheelchair and cheery disposition,” said Finn.  “I’m very glad that his treatment was successful and he’ll be back with his family very soon.”


Keeping Pets Safe This Holiday Season
Max’s story is a valuable reminder to pet owners to keep garbage can lids secured tightly and away from poultry bones.   Angell Animal Medical Center has compiled a list of the 9 top holiday hazards—and how to avoid them—which can be found by clicking here: www.angell.org/hazards


Max was recently fitted for his specially designed wheelchair by Eddie’s Wheels for Pets, the Shelburne Falls Mass. company with whom the MSPCA-Angell worked earlier this year to custom-design wheelchairs for three Chihuahua puppies born without front legs.  The puppies were adopted out of the MSPCA Nevins Farm in June and are thriving in their new homes.



Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.