Here’s food for thought


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Re­becca Isaacs

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.

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