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My Dog Ate A Sock! What Should I Do?

Don’t Panic! We’re Here To Help.

In This Article We Take A Look At Why Dogs Eat Socks, What To Do When It Happens.

We’ve all been there. We all know the feeling.

The dread that moment when your dog eats something so unusual that you have no idea what to do.

When our dogs eat a food that they shouldn’t, or something poisonous, information is usually easy to find.

But there are some things so inedible that we can be left completely lost for ideas.

Socks, if you are anything like me, can periodically be found all over your house.

Whether they’re hanging up to dry or kicked off after a long day, they can be pretty accessible.

It’s no surprise, then, that a large proportion of people who are concerned about what their dogs have eaten are talking about socks.

So, what happens if a dog eats a sock? And why do dogs eat socks in the first place?

We’ll look into the answers to these questions and many more in todays article ‘My dog ate my sock!’

My dog ate a sock…

The word vets use for when a dog eats something like a sock is ‘foreign body ingestion’.

my dog ate a sock

This is the blanket term for a dog eating something that isn’t food, but isn’t technically toxic either.

This type of incident is so common that it can even appear innocuous or funny.

Sadly sometimes the results are far from comedic.

Any unusual, indigestible item that makes it’s way into your dogs digestive system has the risk of becoming stuck.

A huge amount of vets’ time is used up dealing with dogs that have done just this.

But at least this means that when you run in shouting ‘my dog ate a sock!’ they know just what to do.

And sometimes, the situation resolves itself on it’s own.

My dog ate a sock – and it came out the other end!

Socks are, for the most part, indigestible. If they make it out the other side they’ll do so largely unharmed, and unabsorbed.

But this doesn’t mean you should leave your dog’s digestive system to it when it happens.

In fact, this indigestible quality is why socks are so dangerous in the first place.

Digestive systems, our own or our dogs, dissolve everything into a malleable paste so it can pass freely through the intestines, and nutrients can be easily absorbed.

The intestines are therefore not equipped to manage anything that holds its shape such as an item of clothing.

This is bad news for a dog, as a sock might become lodged in this area.

The health implications of this occurrence are disastrous, and we’ll go into this a little later.

First, for anyone asking ‘my dog ate a sock what do i do?’ lets look at what course of action you should take if your dog swallows a sock.

What to do if your dog swallowed a sock

As with any case of a dog swallowing a foreign body, there are a few distinct stages involved here.

If you find yourself in the ‘my dog swallowed a sock’ situation, and you know about it, this is the time for action.

You have a relatively narrow window of opportunity to minimize the risk of surgery being necessary.

The absolute best thing you can possibly do in this situation is take your dog straight to a vet.

A vet may decide to pump the stomach, or induce vomiting.

This is the first line defense in preventing a foreign object from making it into the intestines, making it come back up the way it went in.

Dogs will sometimes do this themselves.

Finding yourself in the position of saying to your vet ‘my dog ate a sock and threw it up’ is actually among the best case scenarios.

Your dog’s stomach recognized he sock shouldn’t be there and got rid of it.

In a lot of cases, though, we have to take matters into our own hands.

My dog ate a sock – should I make him sick?

You can, if your dog ate a sock, induce vomiting at home — but there are risks.

If the sock is particularly large, or the dog particularly small, it may become lodged in the throat on it’s way out.

This is of course a choking hazard, a much better situation to be in when you’re in a vet’s office.

If you’re unable to make it to a vet straight away, call them, they will be able to give you advice over the phone.

If your vet advises inducing vomiting, they will likely give you instructions.

In lieu of that, there are still resources we can draw from.

You can use 3% ( do not use higher strength solutions ) hydrogen peroxide in line with London Vet Clinics dosing guidelines to induce vomiting.

The full list of doses for different sizes of dog can be found through that link. For example a dog between 45 and 55 pounds will need 30ml of hydrogen peroxide.

This solution fizzes in the stomach and causes vomiting, hopefully removing the sock.

There are risks to this method, so take advice from your vet before using this as a treatment.

Anyone looking up how to make a dog throw up a sock should keep in mind this is always better done by a vet.

My dog ate a sock earlier today

So, what if the sock was eaten hours ago?

Call the vet right now!

In as short a time as an hour the sock may have made it into the intestine.

This changes our strategy slightly, and brings a whole new level of risk into play.

If the sock moves into the intestine, then inducing vomiting will have no chance of getting it out.

This is also where the sock can pose the most risk to your dog, the narrow coiled path it will have to take makes getting stuck much more likely.

We can’t assume that it will make it out, as an intestinal blockage can very quickly become life threatening.

A study of 208 cases of ‘foreign body gastrointestinal blockage’ shows quite keenly that time is of the essence.

There’s a direct correlation between how quickly the dogs received treatment, and how favorable the outcome was.

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Vets have a few different options when they know a sock is somewhere in a dogs intestine.

They can use a barium slug to make the intestines show clearly on an X-ray.

The vet can then identify if the sock has become an obstruction or not.

One of the most obvious symptoms of a blocked intestine is vomiting.

If your dog has recently swallowed a sock and begins to vomit (without any sign of the sock reappearing) this is now a veterinary emergency.

Your dog will need pretty much immediate surgery to remove the sock.

This is because the obstructed bowel can go necrotic, effectively die, within a matter of minutes.

If this occurs the resultant infections and ailments can kill a dog very quickly.

These complicating factors from a bowel obstruction are what makes this situation so serious.

So no matter how harmless it seems, a swallowed sock is a good enough reason to go the vet.

If this is a regular occurrence for you you’ll rightly be asking why.

Why does my dog take my socks and eat them?

Let’s take a look at what to do if your dog keeps eating socks. Why do dogs eat socks?

My dog keeps eating socks

Sometimes, dogs get a bit of a fixation about eating something that definitely isn’t food.

Most of the time sock eating will be a one time occurrence.

Dogs like eating new things, and this can lead them to gulp down all sorts of strange objects.

If your dog, though, is consistently eating the same obscure item, it could be an indication that something else is going on.

So, why does my dog eat socks?

Dogs have, after all, spent tens of thousands of years subsisting on our table scraps.

For most of history we’ve used dogs as a sort of mobile dustbin, feeding them on the stuff we leave on the plate.

This behavior has helped dogs to evolve to tolerate foods their wolf ancestors couldn’t.

Unfortunately it’s probably also developed dogs who are not picky at all, and who will eat pretty much anything (food or otherwise).

But sometimes there is something more complex at play.

Possible reasons why dogs eat socks

There are several possible reasons why dogs eat socks.

If a dog is consistently seeking out and devouring socks, he could be suffering from a disorder called PICA.

Pica is when dogs, for whatever reason, gain an appetite for an item that isn’t food.

This isn’t restrained to socks, but they’re one of the more likely things a dog will come across in abundance in any given house.

There are multiple theories as to why this happens.

One is to do with attention.

If a dog rarely experiences deliberate human contact, he might continue in his sock eating ways just because it makes you interact with him.

This is one of the more easily solved situations, but one that many owners find themselves in.

We need to remember that dogs are social animals, and give them the stimulation and attention they crave.

Dogs get lonely quite easily, and dedicating a small amount of time just to hanging out with them each day can make a world of difference.

Another likely theory is that it’s down to anxiety.

A 2008 study looked at dogs with and without anxiety related disorders.

PICA was exceptionally common in the anxious dogs, with about half displaying these behaviors.

Interestingly there seemed to be a difference in brain chemistry between anxious and non anxious dogs, suggesting a possible deeper root cause of this state of being.

Regardless of the root cause, PICA should always be taken seriously and measures must be taken against it.

My dog ate a sock AGAIN!

We’ve already been through the potential danger of eating one sock.

When this is a regular occurrence, the odds start to pile up against our dogs. It’s just not safe to have a dog constantly undergoing gastric surgery.

It’s unhealthy and dangerous for him, not to mention really expensive for you.

If you’re worried your dog is displaying signs of PICA, it’s important to act quickly.

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One of the major stumbling blocks of treating this condition is that dogs can be quite secretive about what they’re eating.

Talking to a vet, seeing what they suggest, and possibly being referred to an animal behaviorist are all steps in the right direction.

These professionals will give their best advice on how to get your dog to stop eating socks.

The inclination may be to find this sort of funny, but the reality is far removed from that.

Some dogs have real trouble with this urge and need a lot of help cutting it out.

It’s not that they’re being naughty or misbehaving, they might really be genuinely suffering.

My dog ate my sock

When an otherwise well-behaved dog does something as weird as eating a sock, it might throw you for a bit of a spin.

You should keep in mind that, while dangerous, this is normal. Dogs are experimental in terms of what they’ll try to eat, and hopefully this will be a one-time occurrence.

The potential danger shouldn’t be underestimated, though.

A ‘better safe than sorry’ approach is usually advisable in this sort of situation. Don’t leave it up to chance, take your dog to a vet.

Has your dog ever eaten a sock? How did you deal with this, or does your dog eat socks still? Let us know in the comments below

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20 COMMENTS

  1. I want to follow up on my dogs latest sock-eating binge.
    I last commented that he had severe trembling. (Day one.) During COVID, in December, we had to wait in the parking lot of the animal emergency hospital for over 2 hours. I was praying that he wouldn’t die. Never underestimate the power of prayer. He threw up in the car and a sock came out. We went home.

    (Day two.) He was still out of sorts, so I added pumpkin with rice and eggs to his diet to get his bowels moving, in case there were any more socks in his intestines. My sister’s family started praying as well. Jesus said, whenever two or three are gathered in my name, I will be there in the midst of them.

    (Day three.) He pooped out a second sock during his morning walk. The double prayers and pumpkin were working. Just in case there were more socks, I continued to add the pumpkin, rice and egg mix to his diet.

    (Day four.) He had a normal poop. The poop had normal 1″x.5″ nuggets stuck together. There were no foreign objects inside. I broke open the largest piece of poop and it was pumpkin orange inside. The prayers and pumpkin cleared his gut. He is officially obstruction free. Yea!!!! Thank you Higher Power.
    Our Higher Power and pumpkin saved us $8000 in surgery bills and saved my dog from being cut open in surgery, (again). (This was not his first time. Too much internal scar tissue from surgery has got to be a bad thing.)

  2. My labradoodle will be 1 yr. nov 9th. I got up this morning and as soon as I went to let her out she vomits up a pair of my socks. This happens frequently with my granddaughters socks and panties. 1st time with mine. Thankfully they have always come out at one end or the other. Sometimes I don’t know where she finds them as we started watching closer as to what is being left behind. I’m getting very concerned as I do not have funds for surgery if needed. Molly is our Heart❤️ Please Help!!

  3. we have an 8 year old golden , we adopted him 2 years ago, He lived in an abusive home and was usually starved for long periods of time, yes very sad circumstances.
    Because of his past he eats super fast that is his dog food, he has also swallowed many socks and vomits them up a week or more later, we don’t really know his history , He also ate the entire corn on the cob, happens a lot in the summer time , he threw that up 5 weeks later , yes you are reading it correctly ! he still had a normal appetite and did poo every day regardless . He has been LUCKY so far , by the way that was his name given wayyyyy back ! he is about 72 lbs and vomits pica all the time eventually and dry heaves right before
    I would call your vet , every animal is different
    call your vet though , ever dog is different

  4. We have a 5 month old labradoodle and she has a massive thing for socks. She steals them and is as quick as lightening about it. She has literally pinched them off me while I’m putting them on. She even sicked one up and ate it again before we even had a chance to get it! She’s had a few found in her poop, passed naturally, but one got stuck in her lower intestine and she had to be opened up. Luckily they managed to massage it out without cutting into the intestine. Anyhow, as we speak, my partner came home tired from work and was changing out of his work clothes, and like lightening, she’s grabbed is sock, ran under the bed and swallowed it. Its so fast and as if she’s determined no-one’s going to get it off her. So here we are again, playing the waiting game. Will it pass or will she start vomiting and need emergency surgery again. We actually are really diligent about not leaving socks around, but literally grabbing them off you if she sees them. She does also have a thing about licking feet. She’s a very social dog, plays with lots of dogs everyday, has a lot of daily interaction and isn’t left alone a great deal, so I really am at a bit of a loss, but I wonder sometimes if she is lacking something in her diet that’s making her a bit insatiable!!!

    • We just experienced a tragedy -my grandpuppy, a goldendoodle (2 yrs old) like your dog eats socks. He has eaten them and thrown them up, not sure if he ever actually passed any. I found out too late that he had in fact eaten socks again, he threw up 2 socks in the middle of the night Thursday. Friday evening at about 7 pm my husband and I picked him up (and his sister) to come to visit at our house until sometime Sunday. We were not informed about the socks and were only informed that he isn’t behaving quite like himself-he was not playing and jumping around in the yard with his sister. We took him home and hung out on the sofa, he went out and I saw him doing#2-at least I assumed he went as he was humped up- it was dark and my dogs were also out -I didn’t go examine- I didn’t think I had need to worry because I thought he had at least “gone to the bathroom”. We planned to run him up to the vet first thing in the morning just to have him checked out as he was lethargic, he is normally a very active friendly and social fellow. He did refuse a biscuit when all of them came back inside. Later during the night, he threw up a foul liquid twice -about 1:30 and maybe 2:45 ish. He was able to walk around and so we tried to get some rest for the remaining couple of hours of the night until the vet opened and we could take him up. At about 6:45 I woke up to erratic breathing, he was lying on the floor, he would not lift his head and he had blood from his rear. I took him to our local vet right away, but he had passed during the car ride there, a 20 minute drive. We do not know why he ate the socks and other things at times I think, he did seem to be anxious at times. I only wish that someone had told us about throwing up the socks and that I had gone to get him a couple of hours earlier – when the vet was still open on Friday. He could have been taken Friday morning and the outcome would have likely been much different.

    • How did it turn out for your dog? I. So worried because my 2 year old 70lb lab just did the same thing. I thought he was over this stage! He has done it frequently as a pup and always pooped them out! I’m hoping this time will be the same.

  5. I have a Rott Dobbie mix that has recently taken up eating socks as a habit.. keeping them completely out of his reach is near impossible with a 4 year old but we are doing our best. Hoping it helps that he’s a bigger dog? He has separation anxiety and now has a little sister to help keep him company while I’m at work.

      • The short answer:
        If you ‘KNOW’ your dog ate a sock, never wait for it to pass. Always call your veterinarian and let him or her tell you what to do.

        If you ‘THINK’ your dog ate a sock, but you are not sure –
        The emergency animal hospital vet said to either get an X-ray or watch for symptoms.
        (1) Take him to either your vet or animal emergency hospital if…
        (a) he vomits or dry heaves but the sock doesn’t come out, or if
        (b) he stops eating, or if
        (c) he stops drinking, or if
        (e) he has diarrhea, or if
        (f) blood is in his stool, or if
        (g) he eats but does not make a bowel movement within a normal amount of time.

        (2) Emergency, deadly situation:
        (a) If he vomits AND he gets lethargic, you have waited too long.
        (b) If he stops eating or drinking AND he gets lethargic, you have waited too long.
        Surgery might still be able to save his life. Rush immediately to the animal hospital emergency room. Find one that is open all hours and all days, with a surgeon either always on the premises or always on call, who will come in immediately.

        • My dog has been eating socks for a long time and mostly throws them up before we even know that there is a problem.

          Last year, unknown to us, one got stuck. He vomited and dry heaved but nothing came out. (Day One.) I called the vet. The vet said give him rice. Watch to see if he continues to eat and drink or vomit, and call back if it gets worse instead of better. The vet said if he stops eating and drinking he needs to go the emergency animal hospital immediately. He was eating and drinking that day. That night, he throw up what he ate.
          The next morning he stopped eating, but drank a few sips of water. (Day Two). I watched him go outside to poop but nothing came out. I called the vet. The vet said it was time to quickly get to the emergency room. I called several to ask their fees. They were all saying about $6000-$8000 for a surgery. My husband didn’t want to rush into that kind of expense. We asked the vet to confirm the diagnosis before we go down to the emergency hospital. I made an appointment with my vet for the next day. We decided to take an X-ray for diagnosis. By evening the dog stopped drinking water.
          (Day Three). We went to the vets office. He took an X-ray. He saw bloating in the intestine. He said that kind of gas build up in the intestine happens with an obstruction. He said my dog looks lethargic. He said, “I know you how your dog is. This is not him. Usually he’s active.” The vet said, “You have to go right away. You can’t wait. The longer you wait the worse the outcome will be.” We went to the least expensive emergency hospital that day. We were in the waiting room for an hour. After they took him in, it was another hour before they confirmed the obstruction and told us he needed surgery. They did the surgery right away. We were lucky the intestine was not necrotic. But it was very badly inflamed. The sock they removed was a heavy winter sock. He would have died if they hadn’t removed it surgically that day. He stayed in the hospital a day and a half more. They sent him home after two days of rest, with special dog food that is high in nutrients and gentle on the intestines. They told me I could supplement this with some home-cooked food that was a mixture of chicken, rice and pumpkin. He survived that battle.

          Now it’s a year later. Two nights ago we had another emergency situation. He was trembling violently all the way from his jaw to his back legs. He had gotten loose earlier. I thought he was poisoned. We rushed him to the same animal hospital that we went to last year. We called the hospital and told them we were on our way and we gave all the info over the phone before we even got there. We got there at 10pm. The hospital was short staffed. There were other pets waiting to get in ahead of us. Because of COVID, we had to wait in the car outside, in December, in the cold. They kept letting other animals in ahead of us. I called inside and reminded them we were there waiting. They said they know, but the other animals need more urgent help. We were there in the cold until midnight. My dog was trembling the whole time, without a break. It was constant. Finally at 12 PM, he threw up all over the car. A great big throw up with a sock in it. We called the staff and told them. We asked for paper towels to clean the car. They provided them. The dog was still trembling, but the trembling was much less. He was greatly relieved. At that point we asked if they would do an X-ray to see if there was a second sock. They said we still had to wait because there were still other animals requiring more urgent care. We said we couldn’t stay in the cold anymore. They said we could leave the dog there as a drop-off, and they would tend to him later while we went home. My husband was so disgusted by the wait, that he just wanted to take the dog home. I said to the staff, we will go home and observe him. If he does not get better, we will come back later. Later you will probably be less busy. They were OK with that. I asked if I should try to feed the dog. They said yes, if he will eat, now that the sock is out of his stomach.
          He took a couple of sips of water when we got home. He did not want dog food. He was still unsteady on his feet. It was after 1 AM. I encouraged him to lie down. I encouraged him to drink more water. Then he started to look less strained. The trembles were greatly reduced. When he lay down, only his jaw quivered a little. We all went to sleep. (That was the end of Day One.)
          (Day two) In the morning, I gave him two pieces of cheese because I knew he liked it. Then I remembered that cheese causes constipation, so I stopped. Then I cooked him two boneless pork-chops. He loved that too. I needed to give him bulk food to make him poop, so I could see if his intestines were clear. I remembered what we fed him last year. So, I started cooking him rice and I cut up my Thanksgiving pumpkin to add to the cooking rice. I added three eggs to the cooking rice and pumpkin, to give it flavor. That was going to take an hour to cook, and an hour to cool. So, I sent my husband out to the 7-11 convenience store to pick up 10 hot-dogs on white bread buns. I gave the dog three. He gobbled them down fast. He enjoyed it. He seemed much better after a good night’s sleep. He was only drinking a few sips of water. I didn’t want him to get dehydrated, so I gave him 2 cups of milk. That was his breakfast. Most dogs are lactose intolerant, but my dog is not. Do NOT give MILK or CHEESE to your dog if he is sick. If your dog won’t drink fluids, give him UNSALTED PLAIN meat broth, to encourage him to drink. There can be NO ONIONS & NO GARLIC in the meat broth.
          I let my dog digest breakfast for a few hours. I didn’t want him to throw up just from eating too much in one sitting. For lunch I gave him four more hot dogs on white bread rolls. He gobbled them down again. I gave him more of his favorite drink to keep him hydrated. I waited 20 minutes and tried to walk him. No poops yet. He really needed to get that good bulky food in his body. The pumpkin, rice and egg mix had cooled off and was edible now. I waited another hour or two for him to finish digesting his hot-dogs. Then I gave him a huge bowl of the rice, pumpkin and egg mix. He liked it, but not as much as the hot-dogs. He ate the big bowl of food. 20 minutes later I tried to walk him again. He peed. Still no poops. I was walking him on the deck to poop, so that I could examine the poop. But he didn’t like that. He likes to poop on the grass. So maybe he was holding it in. Since he didn’t poop, I thought he needed to see the vet.
          I called the emergency vet. She said if he threw up the sock and looked better, walking around, wagging his tail, then maybe he didn’t need to come in to emergency care. She said, if he throws up again, or stops eating, bring him in for an X-ray.
          I waited a few more hours and gave him another big bowl of the rice, pumpkin and egg mix. It was night time now. Still no bowl movement. But he was looking really good and the tremors had stopped. I told my husband that if he did not poop by tomorrow, we would need to take him to the emergency hospital for an X-ray. (That was the end of Day Two.)
          The next morning was (Day Three). I gave him the last two cups of rice, pumpkin and egg mix. He ate it. Twenty minutes later I took him out to poop. He peed but did not want to poop on the deck. So I decided to try to take him back into the yard. I had to run fast to keep up with him, so I could see his poops. Once he was in his back yard again, he did feel comfortable enough to poop. I went to examine the poop. There was another sock in it! OMG! Altogether, he had two socks in his body. Luckily, this was a summer sock, so he was able to pass it, this time. Are there any more socks? I don’t know. But as long as he is making a poop every day, and still eating and drinking, I will keep him home. I will keep adding pumpkin and rice to his diet and checking his poops until they come out sock free.
          To save his life, I might have to temporarily get a loose-fitting muzzle to put over his mouth when I go to work. When I get home, I could take it off and watch him. If my husband is home, he could take it off and watch him. If my dog eats garbage, I could strongly admonish him until he learns not to do that anymore. Training him worked, when I trained him to stop eating my shoes. Training him could work again, with the sock issue. I cannot be complacent about this anymore. It’s time to be pro-active, to stop this behavior. The next time could be his last time. So I can’t allow a next time to happen.

  6. 7.5 month old rough collie apparently ate a sock god knows when as hes just spent the last 2 days throwing it up but as dogs eat their vomit he kept eating it b4 i could get to him or realised he had thrown up…… followed him like a hawk and low and behold he threw up half an hr ago i was right behind him so i grabbed him put him inside before he could eat it AGAIN for the umteenth time! He was fine the whole time other than hacking and throwing said sock up would be on his merry way after. Thank god thats over #1stfurbaby

  7. About a month ago one of my socks disappeared and I feared my dog had swallowed it. He hadn’t done that for 2 years or more so I wasn’t sure. I watched and waited and sure enough up came a sock the next day. But not the spotty one I was looking for. It was a small Nike sock. A few days later another sock came up. Yet another Nike sock – not the spotty one. A half hour ago he just vomited up the spotty sock. A month later! He has had them pass through his system and pooed 2 out from memory. We made sure we put all socks away but holiday time and my son visiting…. I’ve just looked on the net to see if that has happened before and came to this site. It defies belief. He hasn’t been unwell at all and has been very active as usual.

  8. My dog is a Bernadoodle…a really great, well behaved animal…but he’s obsessed with socks and eating them when I’m not looking. I caught him with one a few days ago that he had pulled out of my luggage after I got back from a trip. He’s thrown them up before, and I’ve seen some come out in his poop. This morning, I got a call from my yard detailing man…telling me he had found about 30 socks encased in poop in my backyard. He comes once a year to do our required annual fire prevention cleanup. We’ve got about an acre in the forest. I couldn’t believe what he was telling me! Obviously…my dog has sock issues…not to mention a “foot-fetish”!
    I’ve been reading some horror stories about Pita obsessions…and I’m sure he’s got one. I never catch him in the act…he’s sneaky about it, and they seem to run right through him…but the problem needs correcting. It only takes one getting stuck in his intestines to require surgery, or worse, lead to his death. I’m besides myself…and I’m starting to think my guy needs to see an Animal Behaviorist to correct this deadly bad habit. Any ideas where I can search for such a doggy psychologist??

  9. We just discovered that our Lab ate a thin cotton glove, same size as a sock I guess. We had no idea he ate it. he was eating fine pooping fine, just once in a while he would hack and throw up. This had been going on for several days so we were getting ready to take him to the vet when low and behold, he threw it up. So now we are just watching to see if that is all he ate…Last time he ate too much grass and that ended up with surgery :(. So we will watch him closely from now on.

  10. Our five year old Lab, eats socks despite us thinking we are being diligent about making sure they aren’t laying around. He will steal them out of laundry baskets if he can! He is currently in emergency surgery right now because he has one stuck in his small intestines. Last year this happened and they were able to dislodge it with lots of IV fluids. This time, he wasn’t so lucky and surgery was required. It’s so frustrating for us and so painful for him. Now i am buying all new laundry baskets with lids on them.

  11. My oldest loved to chew on socks. Still likes to. When she was a puppy we made our house sock free for 6 months. All socks were never in her sight. Never in the laundry basket. The trainer suggested this. It helped but she still will chew on the if she can. Now it’s a game to see how long before we notice she has one. And she is very obvious about it. Lol

  12. The problem we had is Colin (Our 4 month old Lab) ate socks without us realising, the first time he was really ill, we took him to the vets a couple of times and they couldn’t find anything, with socks being soft etc. we actually thought he had eaten too much sweet potato as he had got hold of a lot and was bringing it up in vomit a few days later still. And then the sock came out in his poop. A couple of days later the second one came out!

    He improve rapidly once they were out, annoyingly a week later he became ill again, and just was we were about to take him to the vet yet another sock appeared! This time in vomit, so we assume only recently eaten. We now keep a VERY close eye on our socks. This was all in Jan this year when he was still 3 months old.

  13. Mabel ate the window cleaner’s latex glove when she was about fourteen months. I had tried to get her to drop it but she ran off with it. I wasn’t sure she had swallowed it until it came out next day still blue and in one piece. I think she swallowed it because she knew I had seen she had it. Usually she would have chewed an object and spat it out. I now try to make sure she doesn’t know that what she has taken is important. I have also improved her training on drop and leave.

  14. When Roux about 6 months she ate a sock while in the care of my brother, he took her straight to the vet who gave her an injection to make her sick, even the produced the sock ! To my knowledge she has not done this since she is now 15 months

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