Dr. Rick Snook, a veterinarian with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, gives Honey, a hug after examining her Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the shelter’s Thaw Animal Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. Photo by Ben Swan/The Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
A veterinarian helped save the life of an ailing New Mexico dog after discovering the source of the pup's pain — a 6-inch long, 2-inch wide stuffed polar bear.
Santa Fe Animal Humane officials say hat the bear was discovered in the dog's stomach during surgery. The stuffed toy, which they initially thought was a teddy bear, still had a bow tied to it.
A veterinarian said the dog named "Honey" had been vomiting for about a week and was near death.
The dog is now expected to survive and went home on Tuesday.
In a statement on their Facebook page the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society stated: "We're so happy we were able to help her out - a couple more days and she would not have made it."