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Put a sock in it! The No. 1 item that this vet saw in dogs' tummies was a sock.

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CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 7 years
According to my vet, socks are one of the worst possible things for a dog to eat. They can rarely pass them and end up with them so twisted in their intestines that surgery is the only option. My dog swallowed a sock and the vet had to induce vomiting. After that, socks really seemed to lose their appeal for him.
iMac-addict iMac-addict 7 years
My puppy loves to play with the undies.... I can only imagine why. He also loved his fleece blanket that has so many whole from what he eats and then poops it out. He has to chew on it before he goes to bed. But I always check that it comes out the other end :(
divosmommy divosmommy 7 years
I used to have a Rott/German Shepard mix that we lovingly referred to as "Indestructa-dog". One day he figured out how to get out of his crate and create havok on the house. In that day he ate 1 tube of super glue, 2 tubes of acrylic paint, a bag of burgundy tea lights, and the flowers that we had just bought for the dining room table. We knew about the flowers and weren't worried about it because we made sure to purchase flowers that weren't poisonous to him and the vet said the wax from the candles would just pass through his system and no surgery was required. We didn't know about the paint or glue until the tubes showed up in his temporarily burgundy poop. Needless to say that day had us trying to figure out a better way to secure his crate door.
petfriend petfriend 7 years
to cru1972: we have a dach/doberman/boxer mix dog and when we first got him we had no idea he could jump up on the kitchen table, from the floor mind you. We found out when we started finding medicine bottles with the lids chewed of. We only ever found one pill that looked like he licked it but didn't eat it (didn't like the taste). And it took us setting up a video camera to record motion before we found out that's what he was doing. So it's not totally out of the question that a dog will eat things other than what you give him. Thankfully he has never had a problem with the numerous toys and misc objects that he has gotten (and yes eaten). The little guy is a tank i swear some days.
orionsbow orionsbow 7 years
ericam08: The reason I wanted to mention that crate training is an approved, indeed, RECOMMENDED, method of training was precisely so that good dog lovers, like you, would understand that sometimes we have to do things that seem unpleasant, at first, in order to provide our dogs with the safest, most loving environment possible. You may think that putting your pet in a crate is mean or inhumane and might cause your pet to resent you or to be psychologically damaged. However, dogs view the world differently than people. As your dog sees it, the crate is a room of his very own - a "security blanket". The crate helps to satisfy the "den instinct" inherited from his den-dwelling ancestors and relatives. Your dog will feel secure, not frustrated, once accustomed to his crate. Your dog wants to please you and you want to enjoy him. The crate can help you achieve a better relationship with your dog by preventing unwanted behavior when you aren't available to supervise him. Gracie's "crate" is a five by five by five foot wire cage affair with top and side entrances. She can move a foot or two in all directions, turn around 180 degrees, walk around, stretch out, gnaw on her toys and bones or anything she wants to do in it without being tempted to destroy things. It's her very own space and she regards it as a prized possession. Gracie LOVES her crate and happily enters it whenever Charlie gets ready to leave for work without being told. She even sleeps in it at night with the door open even though she has free reign of the house when Charlie's at home and he'd actually prefer her to sleep with him. Charlie loves Grace and him being forced to work overtime on the day I mentioned in the story was an unusual thing. He has since retired and spends much more time at home with her now. Even so, while I certainly would not subject my dogs to being confined ten to twelve hours a day, every day, in a crate, nor recommend that anyone else does, the crate remains a safe, comfortable place for your dog to stay when you are unable to supervise him and is highly recommended as the most successful training method available. Remember, we're not talking about a "travel crate", that's a small, temporary space designed to RESTRICT movement to keep your pet safe while being transported. Crate training involves an in home "cage", big, comfortable and designed to satisfy your dog's own need for protection and shelter. Think of crate training when you see your dog sleeping under a table or your bed or in a dark corner of your house somewhere. That's precisely what crate training is all about. Your dog sees his crate as a cozy hideaway where he knows he's safe and thus loses his fear and anxiety about being alone without you until you get back home.
crgdxb crgdxb 7 years
Orionsbow, thanks for the warning on what dogs should not eat. am going to copy and paste your comment and send it to my hubby so we'll be more aware of the food that's bad for our baby doggies.
orionsbow orionsbow 7 years
One last comment. Concerning feces ingestion: some dogs and not others, for reasons that none of my vets seem to fully understand, will occasionally eat poop. Some eat their own, some eat other dog's droppings and some seem to gravitate toward cat poop. I've been told that some female dogs, especially those used as breeders, will eat the feces of their young in order to keep the birthing area relatively clean and free from infection. This is an instinctive process, harkening back eons to the very first canines ever domesticated. Breeder females will routinely consume fecal matter even after they retire and should be observed when outdoors to insure that they don't engage in the activity. Apart from being an unpleasant thing to know that your dog is doing, it is not lethal in and of itself, it just poses an infection and parasite risk. And, of course, makes for bad breath. None of my vets has ever been able to tell me what kind of dog is most prone nor what prerequisite behavior might exist, only that "some dogs just do it". Obviously, there may be some vitamin or nutrient deficiency at work but I wouldn't be overly concerned that I had a really strange dog if he gobbled down a little poop now and then. Just monitor and prevent the activity when possible and try to feed a high quality, balanced food. BTW, I've owned bird dogs (setters and pointers) all my adult life (I don't hunt them, I just love them and ALL OF THEM ARE RESCUES) and I have never used "wet" or canned dog food. Most of it is like cotton candy to dogs. Empty, wasted calories with little nutrition value. My dogs LOVE TO WORK and spend two to four hours a day running flat out in the dog park. Canned food would have them "dog tired" in an hour due to lack of sustainable energy. Dry food is best, little to no grain, ESPECIALLY high value crude protein from real meat and real vegetables with natural additives such as vitamin supplements and mineral and fish oils. I also feed RAW MEAT (bone-in shank steak) once or twice a week despite the ASPCA's warning against bones. They love it and it's like doggie steroids but without the bad side effects. NO WHEAT GLUTEN OR GRAIN PROTEIN CONCENTRATE OF ANY KIND. That's the ingredient for which the Chinese substituted melamine (plastic) that killed thousands of dogs and cats all over the world. Don't buy ANY dog food containing rice, wheat or corn gluten, it's just not worth the risk. I know some of you have small dogs which you'll say are finicky. I've had Cockapoos, Westies and Feists. They were ALL finicky...until they became sufficiently hungry. Don't wimp out on your dog. Love it enough to COMPEL it to eat good food. It'll love you for it in the long run.
dragoneyes27 dragoneyes27 7 years
my rottweiler at 6 mo old decided to a whole larger mirror when we were not home one time she couldn't bark for a while but she came out of it and was playful as ever my rottweiler i have now eats everything i live in the country and always finding something new in the yard I'm convinced they have stomach's of steel.
Lokii-Wolfheart Lokii-Wolfheart 7 years
I'm a proud owner of a Catahoula Leopard dog mix, but Goddess help me, that dog is a handful! When Blu was a puppy, he ate a whole half pound bag of foil wrapped chocolate eggs. He was perfectly fine. He scared the crap out of me. On the other hand, he must have had some kind of problem because he's a very picky eater now.
snowangel1106 snowangel1106 7 years
SOCKS!! LOL!! SO TRUE! My husband is a Marine and last year my Basset Hound, Moo Cow, ate a pair of his military issued boot socks! About $2000 later, she's fine...but damn if she didn't have us scared for a few days!
jordayy jordayy 7 years
my dog eats socks whole and he's perfectly fine. he does have some issues with insides, but once my brothers learned how to keep socks out of reach of my dog, he was healthy. my other dog, eat my chocolate on chocolate birthday cake and lived another 6 years later. not saying chocolate is great for dogs but it's all good if they have a little.
heathwill heathwill 7 years
I adopted a mutt puppy a couple of months ago and on our first walk in the neighborhood, he found a dead baby bird carcass and ate it. I was thoroughly freaked out and I was trying to get it out of his mouth but he managed to get it down quickly. He had quit a bit of runny poo for about two days but other than that, he was fine. The vet said it was normal and instinctual for him to do things like that. Goddess only knows what he tries to eat when I'm not around! I can't believe they didn't put pig ears on this list! I can't tell you how many injuries I have seen to dogs mouths because they bit down on the pig ear and the tip/corner piece cut through the roof their mouth, gums, etc.
ericam08 ericam08 7 years
Actually despite the fact that the story about Gracie eating the couch is hilarious, it is also heartbreaking and inexcusable if you think about it. If I was Gracie, a 10-month-old Rottie left at home all day & evening with nothing to do ... I WOULD EAT THE COUCH, TOO. What else does she have to do? And putting her in a crate (which the storyteller was trying to excuse as a humane option) is even worse! A 1-year-old Rottweiler in a cage all day long? Unbelieveable. The condition of the couch speaks to the level of that dog's misery. Sorry, Charlie.
Skoalbandit Skoalbandit 7 years
DK, I'm so glad to know that Lab's are considered dumb dogs. Funny thing, my brother breeds labs, and they are some of the smartest most protective dogs I've ever seen. I'm so glad your little fur-ball won't eat anything it's supposed to. When it sh*ts out a plastic bag and the poop is wrapped neatly inside it, or any other random object, I hope you think of me as I sit here and laugh thinking about the day your "smart" dog shocks you. That's crap, you have no idea what that dog does when you're not there. To say that a dog won't eat anything it isn't supposed is just not possible. I breed bulldogs, and they're the laziest dogs I've ever seen, and I've seen them poop out some cool stuff, i.e. a plastic bag, dryer sheets, pieces of stuffed animals, and when I'm home they do nothing but sleep. Funny isn't it?
orionsbow orionsbow 7 years
Since we're talking about bad stuff for dogs we might as well look at WHY chocolate is bad. We all know it is but maybe not WHY. Chocolate contains theobromine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean. It's what gives humans that pleasant feeling after eating chocolate. In dogs, theobromine increases urination and affects the central nervous system as well as heart muscle. While amounts vary by type of chocolate, it's the theobromine that is poisonous to dogs. It can lead to hyperthermia, muscle tremors, seizures, coma and even death. Just how much chocolate can be consumed before the dose becomes lethal varies with the type of chocolate and the age, size and health of the dog. White chocolate is the least dangerous, baker's chocolate is the most dangerous. Small dogs can be poisoned, it is easy to understand, from smaller amounts of theobromine than large dogs. The best policy to follow is this: NO AMOUNT of chocolate is safe for dogs and once dogs have tasted it, they invariably want more. Keep it far out of reach of your dogs and make sure any dog sitter or friend who watches your dogs knows the rules as well. Keep an emergency kit for your dogs containing Syrup of Ipecac, which induces vomiting, and a good brand of activated charcoal. The immediate treatment for chocolate ingestion is two to three teaspoons (only once) of the syrup first then follow with the activated charcoal (following label directions) in a slurry to absorb what is left of the toxin (chocolate or otherwise). Then, immediately contact your vet. The ASPCA has also published a list of other foods that are dangerous or poisonous to dogs. They include grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure, onions in quantity, coffee, coffee grounds, tea and teabags (same symptoms as chocolate), Macadamia nuts and walnuts (high phosphorous content causes bladder stones), cooked bones (choking hazard), tomatoes (tremors and heart arrhythmias), avocados, nutmeg (seizures), raw eggs (salmonella), salt (kidney problems) and wild mushrooms. Recently, sugar and corn syrups have been added as well as the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which has been linked to liver failure and death. BE CAREFUL!
TuckerToo TuckerToo 7 years
pika, ask your friend if I can borrow the Lab for a month to pay off my credit card!
pika23 pika23 7 years
My Shih-Tzu Dottie Jean, the weirdest thing she eats is my hair. She will sneak up on my head when I'm half asleep and start gnawing and smacking her lips! You see it in her poop. But its never a huge amount, just a strand or three. Chewing on the other hand...she chews pants and undies. Never eats em. My one friends lab pooped a 20 dollar bill though.
Mija1 Mija1 7 years
Our dog has always tried to eat underwear, socks, & anything plastic. We think the reason a dog gets to underwear/socks is because your scent is on them. And I agree, one can't train a dog to not eat certain things, as said above by the 30 year dog owner. If an object has the owner's scent on it, they will chew on it. As far as the plastic...who knows! She doesn't swallow them, just shreds them. No medical problems have resulted from this in the 6 yrs. we've had her. She is an indoor dog with a play at our local off-leash dog park 5 days a week, because I'm physically disabled. She's my Angel Puppy! Maybe the cause of some of the wierd eating could be due to a vitamin/mineral deficiency? Though she eats only Organic food, no commercial dog food, as that has not enough nutrients & is self-regulated. We cook her food,[chicken,hamburger,veggies,fruit,& a powder supplement] There are many websites on here that have recipes for homemade dog food/treats. Woof!
TuckerToo TuckerToo 7 years
I agree, dk. Mine would eat from the litter box when we first brought him home, but he figured it out on his own and quit. He's never eaten anything else he wasn't supposed to.
jensplayin jensplayin 7 years
What about mice? My mini dach has brought home 4-5 mice and has eaten at least 2 that I know of. Will it hurt him? And stuffed animals, OMG !!! the kids get one and he eventually ends up with it and it usually ends up in shreads. Curious George is missing both ears, 3 fingers on each hand along with several missing toes.
dkpacer dkpacer 7 years
I thought the list was also going to suggest that dogs don't eat Camillia in slide # 3 , this would surely result in death. Hey steelersbabe only dumb dogs like labs, weimerans,cockapoopoos etc. eat things they aren't supposed to, my super intelligent Welsh Terrier never eats anything forbidden, and we never had to distinguish good from bad for her, She JUST KNEW !
TuckerToo TuckerToo 7 years
I have a small dog (Cocker-huahua). He LOVES mayonnaise. We dip his vitamins (I know!) in mayo to get him to take tehm!
ericam08 ericam08 7 years
orionsbow, I am falling on the ground in laughter with tears rolling down my face, thank you. Thank you so much!
jetergirl8804 jetergirl8804 7 years
I had a dog that chewed the entire cord to the tv dvd player while it all was still plugged in. Came home to her dragging her butt across the floor. That was an expensive vet trip! Now I have a dog who goes after underware, tampons used or unused, dryer sheets, cat poopy, catnip toys, stuffed animals way bigger then him, rocks, frogs, bugs, chapstick, begs for any kind of human food. He thinks hes human in a sick way!
doggymama doggymama 7 years
This is going to sound really gross but my bigger dog has actually eaten used tampons. I have no idea what the attraction was to it.