Here’s food for thought
SOCKS AND JOCKS TOP THE LIST FOR PECKISH POOCHES
AS ANY dog owner will confirm, canines eat the darnedest things.
From shredded socks to chewed-up toilet paper and massacred soft toys, man’s best friend seems to have no limit when it comes to ingesting all things weird and wonderful. But what tops the list? According to Pet Insurance Australia records, the most popular item removed from the stomachs of dogs is underwear. Not just any underwear. Our seemingly innocent pooches apparently have a thing for G-strings.
Yes, ladies, lock up your lacies, protect your panties and stash away your skimpies lest Fido gets his teeth into your most intimate intimates.
We can only guess at the reason behind dogs’ fascination with The G — smaller and therefore easier to chew? — but the reality behind this obsession is that the risk to the pet and the cost of surgery can be large.
Socks are the second most common item removed from dogs’ stomachs, while string and dental floss — a favourite for both dogs and cats — are third on the list.
String also comes with a warning: don’t pull loose strands from an animal’s rear end — it can saw through sensitive tissues so is best left to vets.
Decorative stones and butter round out the top five items removed from dogs’ tums.
But their love of bizarre foodstuffs doesn’t end there. Last year PIA had a case of a dog that ingested a sewing needle, which resulted in a $5000 operation.
Also last year, a labrador from Pennsylvania in the US made headlines when he was found to have ingested 62 hair bands, a bunch of socks and a bandage.
It’s a warning to pet owners — especially those who tend to leave mess and clutter around the house — to tidy up before leaving pets to their own devices.
Taking just a bit of extra care can save money, pain and heartache for animals and their owners.
Make sure you pick up your socks so your pooch doesn’t.