| Pets’ Amazing Appetite for Oddities
Over my thirty year career, I have removed an incredible variety of objects from the stomach and intestines of dogs and cats. I thought you might enjoy seeing a list of objects that have been reported to be found in surgery by other veterinarians and by our veterinary staff.
While often amazing (How could a dog even swallow an intact 8” Nerf football? Or a cat swallow a 2” corncob?), this is really a cautionary tale to remind all of us that it’s not just puppies that will eat ANYTHING with human scent or food scent on it, but adult dogs and cats as well.
Lego blocks, corn cobs, 10” kitchen knife, 100 rocks, soap, bra with metal clip, box of razor blades, plastic baggies, wires, bottle caps, 12” metal hanger, cholla cactus, chopsticks, corks, 130 fish oil capsules, 14 hair bands, scented pine cone, glue tube, 15 vanilla votive candles, package rat poison, baby bottle, nipples, 3 sewing needles and thread, tube dog toothpaste, golf ball skin, artificial finger nails, 3 stacked nickels, 62 Vit. D capsules, brush glass ornament, Christmas light bulbs, 5” skewer, pillowcase, cell phone case, eyeglass frames, wallets, GI Joe action figure, hot chili peppers, dirty diaper, fish hook and line, Jellyfish, makeup sponge, dental retainer, rubber ducky, Qtips baby teething ring, 8” Nerf football (intact), marijuana cookies, pennies and thumb tacks, hemorrhoid suppositories, rat (whole), ribbons and wrapping paper, strings, rope, twine burrito in foil, corner of a bed, porcupine, pepper spray, lipstick, tent stake, staples, deer antler, poison ivy, lobster shell, mothballs, wedding ring, batteries, sweatshirt, dish towels, wash cloth, Bert and Ernie figures, Rosebush, flip flops, stuffed animals, squeaker out of toy, leather laces, aluminum can, 2 plastic eyes, broccoli stems, 5 lb. trash, adhesive bandage, potholder, socks, underwear, glow-in-the-dark condoms, package of light bulbs and various size and shaped balls.
All of these dogs and cats recovered from surgery, and some went on to become repeat offenders landing on the surgery table again!!