Dogs biting off more than they can chew
IT’S not uncommon for veterinarians to see pets who have eaten something they shouldn’t.
Most of the time those forbidden snacks are food items such as chocolate, onions or the gristle from the barbie, all of which can make animals unwell.
But animals – particularly puppies – aren’t discerning in their diet. We regularly treat animals for gastrointestinal “foreign bodies” – items that are swallowed, sometimes along with food, sometimes without any association with anything you or I would consider edible.
Often these require surgical removal.
Sometimes we know what we are looking for because the owner has reported that item missing, sometimes Xrays give us a clue of an outline, but sometimes it’s a total surprise.
The most common nonfood foreign bodies we remove are socks, underpants, pantyhose, sanitary products, kebab sticks and non-