Gardeners’ World host Monty Don, 65, told fans his dog Nellie had to undergo emergency surgery after suffering from a “horrible” accident, which was caused by a stick, during a walk. Most recently, he shared a picture of his pet pooch as he gave an update about her recovery.
In view of his 194,000 followers, he wrote: “Last night Nellie had a very near miss.
“Chasing a stick, she impaled herself on it and speared her throat, missing two arteries by millimetres.
“Thanks to our brilliant vet, working at night, she is fine- if very sorry for herself. So please DON’T THROW STICKS FOR DOGS.”
One Twitter user replied: “The vet’s wife has huge sympathy chances of survival limited cos of splinters in throat and/or infection so please total vigilance for next two weeks message from vet the spouse.”(sic)
Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host responded to fans’ queries about his warning to dog owners
Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host urged fans not to throw sticks at dogs after his pet’s accident
In response to this post, Monty said: “Wound cleaned – lots of quite large material removed – flushed and now antibiotics.”
Another commented: “Hang on Monty. Dogs love chasing, fetching and carrying sticks!
“And they’re a darn sight more eco-friendly than anything manufactured we might use instead.
“Condemn the use of sharp sticks and I’m with you.”
Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host dog was seen by an emergency vet after a stick speared her throat
Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host’s dog Nellie is fully recovered after the horrible accident
The presenter replied: “They do – Nell is obsessed by it. But this was just something she picked up in a field.
“By all means let them pick and carry them – but don’t throw them.
“My vet says this kind of damage and worse – happens all the time.”
The garden expert has since told fans his dog was “recovering well” thanks to a “brilliant emergency vet”.
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Following this post, Monty shared a snap of Nellie out for a walk.
He told fans it was “tough” that his dog didn’t “understand” why he wouldn’t throw a stick at her, following her accident.
The presenter followed up his post with a picture of his beloved pet with a ball in her mouth as she splashed around in water.
“Nell cooling off after lots of ball – not stick – chasing,” he captioned the picture.
Many of his fans flocked to the post to share their thoughts.
One user warned: “Please be careful of tennis balls and large dogs… they are a potential death risk. A friend’s dog died.”
A second commented: “Good girl, Nell!! Tennis balls are waaaaay more fun!!”
“Lovely Nell! So relieved she has recovered from her ordeal,” a third penned.
Yesterday, he shared a snap of his fully recovered dog alongside the caption: “Happy Nell.”