Vet warning on loom band craze
DONEGAL pet owners have
been urged to supervise young children playing with
loom bands after vets were forced to amputate a
little dog's tail.
Patches' concerned owners brought her for a check up
after they noticed her behaving oddly and becoming
Vets noticed her tail was sore and after shaving it
discovered the tightly twisted loom band that was
cutting off the blood supply hidden under the fur.
"There had been some relatives visiting and there
were quite a few young children about the house over
the course of a couple of weeks. The children
probably thought the blue loom band would look cute
on the dog and didn't know it would hurt her," said
Kirsten Cole, head nurse at Cara Veterinary
Cautionary tail: Patches has made a
full recovery despite losing two-thirds of her tail.
The blue loom band twisted tightly on the terrier
The one-year old
terrier cross has now lost two-thirds of her tail
but has happily made a full recovery.
"She only has about a third of her tail left but it
doesn’t bother her at all. She's flying about the
place as normal and her owner is delighted."
The Dublin practice has urged all pet owners to
supervise young children and warn them of the
dangers of putting loom bands and other items on
animals whose fur can hide the dangers.
"Little children love putting colourful, pretty
things like bobbins on their pets and they think
it's really cute but it can be dangerous for the
animal," added Ms Cole.