The Strange Things That Dogs Eat


What kind of bizarre things has your dog eaten?

A small Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Disa was sniffing around her family’s camping equipment when she accidentally mistook the ten-inch long tent peg for a bone and ate it. The veterinarian was able to retrieve the peg and Disa is doing well.

Elaine Pendlebury, a veterinarian at PDSA (an animal organization in the UK) has retrieved fish hooks, condoms and even bras out of dogs. Pendlebury said that dogs use their mouths to explore as well as to eat, so sometimes the two functions get mixed up.

India, a Yorkshire terrier, was rushed to the animal hospital after her owner discovered that balloons were missing. The veterinarians retrieved eight balloons from her stomach.

One lucky veterinarian made some extra cash when Black, a mutt, swallowed some coins.

Little Toyah had a pair of baby’s booties, a scarf, and a sock removed from her stomach. Veterinarians were amazed over how she managed to swallow all of that fabric.

Saffy is not scared of needles at all. Her owner rushed her to the hospital when the dog was having trouble breathing. The veterinarians found a two-inch sewing needle and thread in Saffy which was causing her shortness of breath.

Deefer, a bull mastiff, has an underwear fetish. In a 12 month time span, he has chewed through 20 pairs of underwear. Most of the times, he will pass the underwear with no trouble at all. But during one of his underwear chomp fests, he had to go to the hospital and have an expensive surgery done. A pair of underwear had gotten stuck in his intestine.

While the veterinarian was operating on Deefer, he not only found his last pair that he was chewing on, but he found two other pairs in his stomach. He said that one of the pairs was almost intact.

His owner said Deefer has always had a habit of eating strange things. At first, it was socks and then the remote control and now woman’s underwear. His owner said Deefer is not interested in men’s underwear, only women’s.

Source: The Sun, Metro

16 Responses to “The Strange Things That Dogs Eat”

  1. pat says:

    i once had a dog that tried to eat pantyhose, but fortunately i caught him before he was able to swallow it. however, he did consume things like banana peels and orange rinds, sneakily culled from the trash with apparent relish. In fact the only things he would not eat were baked beans and creamed corn. i suppose it was the consistency that put him off, but ever since then i’ve looked on these food items with a wary eye. if my omnivorous dog would not eat them, how could they possibly be food?

    my senior cat once devoured part of the living room rug, which had to be surgically removed when it lodged in his colon. i have no clue what possessed him to do that… boredom, perhaps.

  2. Bridgett says:

    My parent’s cat tried to swallow a needle and thread. The vet took x-rays, and suggested they wait and she if she passed the needle. She did! She was just fine! Good grief.

    One of my cats loves to chew on rubber bands, scrunchies and anything with a rubbery texture. I have to be on gaurd with her.

  3. dingbat says:

    Well we have one here that ate, a glove, dog toy, paper, had to be rushed to the e-vet and have them removed. It had ulcerated her stomach


  4. Moonbeam says:

    One of my dogs, a very large Doberman, needs to wear a basket muzzle outside, he swallows rocks, and has had to have his intestines opened up twice - out came rock, leather gloves, and socks.

    He needs to be watched when loose in the house and everything has to be put up above his mouth level.

    I need some peace of mind, so I put the muzzle on when he goes out back in the yard, but for short periods of time - he is never out for more than ten minutes. When we go for walks, the leash is kept “short” - cause he will grab anything and everything in a nano second. Ugh! But he’s managed to live to be four years old - a miracle.

  5. elizabeth says:

    Neighbor’s labrador had to have emergency stomach surgery to remove a nice stinky smelly sweat towel he had stolen from his owner’s gym bag.

  6. Moonbeam says:

    I talked to a man whose dog ate a skewer (BBQ) kind and it wiggled through the dog and came out it’s side. The man must have been poor, although I did not mention it at the time, because he left the skewer in and the dog died - surgery wasn’t an option for him, why I do not know.

    I thought at the time his story was so odd - what dog would eat a sharp - metal - thingie.

    I guess more than one!

  7. Lynn says:

    One week ago a friend had to go out of town for a couple days. She left her little Yorkies at home. Her parents came over a couple times daily to walk, feed, and play with them. Things went fine until the last day when the parents came over and one of the Yorkies was flat out and very sick. She was rushed to the ER vet hospital; surgical intervention removed several plastic wrapped pony tail holders. [The band you wrap around your own pony tail.]

    It seems that these pony tail holders served as toy “loops” that were tossed and the Yorkie fetched. She loved the game. Her recovery was rocky but she’s now out of the woods. Needless to say this game is history.

    And dumb me. I spent the weekend trying to find some small toys a little Yorkie could play with safely without being able to ingest them. Finally found some and bought a couple packs. Gave them to my friend to give to her Yorkie. Just got off the phone with her - I told her to trash the new toys. They were made in China and might contain lead.

  8. Moonbeam says:

    It’s hard to find suitable play things for dogs that won’t or don’t hurt them in one way or the other. I have a very lanky dog that can reach almost anything and yesterday he had a hose sprinkler nozzle in his mouth and was gladly pracing around - his prize. The dog also likes sissors - really - I suppose because my scent is on them - and he snatches them from the counter and off he runs - well he could swallow them - easily - he is a big dog.

    Perish the thought!

  9. Penny Gray says:

    I thought I was the only sufferer….. My dog has had two surgeries, one to remove a pair of big earrings and one to remove an earrings and necklace set. He’s a pug and will eat anything. Last night I caught him eating Brillo pads……………. I’m at my wits end!


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  12. Rastelli says:

    My 12 year old Chocolate Lab ate a brillo pad yesterday. Apparetnly is didn’t agree with her, cuz in the middle of the night, threw it up.

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  14. Kimberly says:

    My dog has been eating everything leather he can get his paws on. He ate a large hole in my leather couch and ottoman as well as three shoes. He discards the cushioning and swallows the leather. Does anyone know, could this be a deficiency in his diet? What can I do?

  15. Abbie says:

    My German Shepherd was just a few months old when we were planning an “out-of-state” wedding for one of our daughters. I purchased a second dog for our shep’s companionship while we were to be away. When I checked in with our caretaker, he said, haltingly, “You’re going to be really mad”. Seems they ate a gigantic hole from the middle of my bed. I couldn’t be angry. The two dogs couldn’t talk about their feelings… Everything turned out fine.

  16. baxtersmom says:

    My dog has been eating the crotches of my underwear. Clean or dirty, it doesn’t matter to him. I think it’s freakin GROSS.

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