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Objects Swallowed by Dogs


When it comes to dangerous doggy eating habits, Aussie dogs like their jocks and socks...

Not all dogs stick to dinner from the dog dish – some seek satisfaction further afield and can devour a range of objects which can be very dangerous to their health.

Pet Insurance statistics from 2015 show the Top 5 danger objects for Australian dogs:

  • underwear – especially G-strings
  • socks
  • dental floss and string
  • landscaping stones
  • butter – which can cause serious problems with the pancreas

English dogs' dangerous dining includes:

  • bones
  • stones
  • corn on the cob
  • plastic
  • rubber balls

Other dangerous items consumed by dogs include fish hooks, sewing needles, fruit stones, macadamia nuts and kebab sticks.

Some dogs are also good at accessing medications such as anti-inflammatories, paracetamol and antidepressants.

In many cases, animals require surgery to remove foreign objects that have obstructed their digestive system. Medical expenses can total up to $5000.

Catch up on Bondi Vet stories about dogs which had to be treated for eating the wrong things:

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.