Dogs bit­ing off more than they can chew

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

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-

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