A beagle named Rex is almost back to his old self after having a stick that had been lodged in his nose for six months removed. Back in April, Rex’s owner Mark Kovicak took him to Hillcrest Dog Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Right outside of the park, 2-year-old Rex sprinted away, chasing after a rabbit.
Rex came back with a nosebleed and began sneezing.
Kovicak took him to a veterinarian. They flushed his nose and prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
But after nearly six months, Rex still had a runny nose, was sneezing and not acting like himself.
Kovicak and Rex were referred to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Grand Rapids, who had an idea of what might be going on.
"He had a very acute or sudden onset of sneezing after running into the woods, so therefore a foreign body is highest on our list of possibilities," said Dr. Amanda Conkling, DVM.
The 5-inch stick in the small snout of the beagle was so deep it required the help of the only CT scanner for pets in the city to see it. The stick was removed and Rex went home with a very relieved owner.
Just a few days later, Kovicak says that Rex already seems happier and bouncier, like his old self.