The Dog Ate My Homework......And....
We've all heard that old line, "The dog ate my homework."
While many kids who said that were most likely lying, I bet more than a few actually were not--and then were called a liar any way.
Today in the paper was an interesting article about University of Tennessee vets and all the things they've found inside of dogs when they've brought to the animal ER for these problems.
They said sometimes dogs will eat strange things because of gastric problems or liver disease. When dogs do this, they call the strange condition "pica."
But most of the times, dogs just eat strange things and the reason is unknown. They guess in can be the odor of the item. The vets at UT solicited by e-mail stories of what dogs have eaten. A sampler platter: many dogs find underwear particularly tasty. One woman lost a yellow smiley-face bra to her dog. Also dogs have eaten pantyhose, rope, rocks. One vet found a Victoria's Secret THONG (ha, ha Dragon) in the belly of a boxer. One woman lost a diamond pendant to a cocker spaniel puppy. That one passed through okay and was retrieved.
Some owners report eaten paychecks--one person actually had two eaten by their dog. Many dogs like twine, ribbon, tampons, tube socks, rubber bands, toys.
My own vet operated twice on the same dog for eating whole a walnut. He said he notices labs are particularly bad about eating stuff. He also had a tube sock operation.
My dogs love used tissues. I always forget to close the bathroom door, and often find Zoe laying on the floor shredding and eating tissue.
I've seen strange things in they yard upon cleanup duty: dental floss, bits of plastic from toys, pieces of candy wrapper, and I'm very careful about what they can get to.
With the holiday season approaching, as Adrienne said in a previous topic, we pet owners must be even more vigilant about not leaving things for dogs to vacuum up. While most times things pass, you don't' want to have a holiday trip to the vet for an emergency.
So, any good "the dog (or cat) ate my homework stories?"
Picture above is Zoe in her younger days chowing down on a treat.
posted by Sandy at 11/13/2007 02:22:00 PM