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Vets remove knee-length sock from spaniel’s abdomen reading-time-icon 2 min read

Alfie the 2-year-old Cocker Spaniel was rushed to My Family Vets at Terrington Vets, King’s Lynn, on 14th October after swallowing a mysterious artefact that turned out to be a knee-length riding sock.


The sock had made its way to Alfie’s abdomen and needed to be surgically removed - at which point it looked more like a snake than a sock!

Alfie, despite being a little off-beat for a few days after the procedure, continues to make a steady recovery and has returned to his usual bouncy, inquisitive and energetic self – despite the stitches.

The incident began in the early hours as Alfie’s owner Amanda Small went into her daughter’s bedroom to wake her up.

‘Alfie had been sleeping in there,’ says the 42-year-old nurse who lives in Walpole St Peter with her family and a menagerie of pets, including a cat and four horses.

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‘It seemed just like a normal day, and then I noticed the smell of vomit.

‘Alfie continued being sick and seemed to be in shock. He was restless, pacing around the house; we noticed that his gums were white and knew we had to contact the vets immediately.’

Arriving at Terrington Vets, Alfie underwent an x-ray and was admitted to surgery right away.

‘They were absolutely great,’ says Amanda of the Terrington Vets staff. She’s been a client ever since moving to Norfolk 6 years ago and has always been delighted with their service. ‘Their primary concern was Alfie, of course, but they also took care of me and made sure I was alright before I went home.’

‘The wait was… long, and very anxious. You can’t help but prepare for the worst. Luckily, everything was a success and Alfie was home by the evening.’

Alfie is no stranger to stealing his sisters’ socks, but after gulping down an extra-large one and being rushed into surgery, has he learned his lesson?

‘There’s going to be extra measures at home now – to make sure socks stay off the menu.’

And has the adorable Cocker Spaniel let his run-in with disaster dampen his spirits? Of course he hasn’t!

‘He was very sheepish and lethargic for a couple of days. He loves cuddles and attention at the best of times, but was especially needy after his surgery.’

alfie the adorable spaniel

In true canine spirit, it wasn’t long before Alfie was back to enjoying himself in the garden with the family’s other dog, a beautiful Red Setter called Maisy.

Has he returned to his usual self now?

‘He yelps once in a while when he accidentally tugs on his stitches. Otherwise, he’s back with a vengeance!’

Looking for a vet in King’s Lynn? Terrington Vets are part of the My Family Vets network, providing exceptional care for pets and great service to their owners. 

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