Help! – My Dog Ate A Sock!
What Should I Do?
My dog ate a sock a week ago. When it happened, I was so scared. I didn’t want to believe it, but then when the vet told me what had happened, I couldn’t stop crying. The vet said she would have to amputate my dog’s leg because of the infection and necrosis (wasting away) from the wound. She said if I didn’t get him the right treatment within 24 hours, it could be too late. I don’t think my dog ate a sock.
Why do dogs eat socks? Can they really die from eating them? Is there any way to prevent it?
These are questions that need answers! Please read on and learn more about my dog ate a sock!
What Happened To My Dog Eating A Sock?
I adopted my black lab puppy, named Help! from a shelter two years ago. He was very friendly and playful at first, but after a few months, he started chewing up all the toys and would not let go of anything. I took him back to the shelter where he stayed until last month when I brought him home with me again. After taking him out for walks every day, he became aggressive towards other dogs and cats around our house. Also, he would not let go of things he found on the streets. I tried everything to keep him from eating random things around the house, but nothing worked. He even ate the groceries off of the kitchen table yesterday. Then, after a few hours, I heard strange noises coming from his mouth. It sounded like he was choking! I tried to help my dog out, but it only made matters worse. He started throwing up blood and some of it landed on my clothes and skin. I quickly called an ambulance and when I got to the emergency room, I learned that my dog had swallowed a sock which had become stuck in his throat. He is currently undergoing treatment to prevent further damage, but the outlook doesn’t look good.
How Do Dogs Eat Socks And What Happens When They Do?
All dogs like the taste of socks. There are many reasons why dogs will eat socks despite the dangers. Some of the most common reasons include:
Boredom – Dogs can get very bored when their humans are away at work or school all day. Eating things like socks can help them pass the time.
Chemical Taste – Dogs have a very keen sense of taste and smell. They can easily detect the smell of certain chemicals in socks such as toe septic fluid. This is actually very attractive to some dogs.
Prey Drive – Just like in the wild, dogs can get a prey drive. When they see something move, they want to chase it and capture it. When this happens with a sock, bad things can result.
Diet – Some dogs have diet restrictions. If their food or treats do not meet their unique dietary needs, they might turn to eating other substances to make up for it. In some cases, this means eating non-food items.
Intense Hunger – Just like people get very hungry, dogs also experience hunger. When a dog is very hungry, they might do things they wouldn’t normally do otherwise. In some cases, this means eating non-food items just to survive.
Treatment For Dogs Eating Socks
In most cases, dogs who eat socks will suffer from an obstruction of some kind. This can be the stomach, intestines or mouth. If your dog has been eating socks on a regular basis, it would be a good idea to take them to the vet soon after an incident occurs.
This way, they can examine your dog for any potential issues and perform surgery if needed.
If your dog eats a sock and nothing seems to be wrong with them, you should keep an eye on them over the next 24-48 hours. If you notice any of the following issues, call your vet immediately:
Restlessness or Irritability
As for preventing your dog from eating socks, this can be a challenge as well. You can try to make sure there are no socks lying around the house. This can be very difficult, however, if you or anyone else in your family tends to leave them lying around.
You can also try to make sure that your dog isn’t left home alone for extended periods of time. This will at least ensure they aren’t bored which can lead to annoying behaviors such as eating socks.
Unfortunately, some dogs will eat socks no matter what. If this is the case with your dog, the best thing you can do is make sure they are getting all their nutrients through proper food, eat healthy treats and get plenty of exercise on a daily basis.
Dogs eating socks is something that most of us have to deal with at one time or another. By knowing what the dangers are for your dog and taking the proper precautions, you can make sure that your dog is safe from any ill effects that might happen.
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