Give Dog a Few Weeks to Pass Sock

Dogs can often eat small pieces of fabric without serious harm.

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Q. My Jack Russell Terrier ate a sock. He eats stuff all the time and either throws it up or passes it. We try to be vigilant and keep things out of his reach, but this one got by us. It has been a week and still no sock. He appears to be fine and doesn’t seem to be having any problems. Should I have my vet X-ray him? My dad wants to dose him with mineral oil.

A. OK, so your Jack Russell ate a sock. No need to panic – yet.
 
If you had come into our emergency clinic right away, we would have injected some apomorphine and gotten him to vomit it up. Now that the sock is meandering through your dog’s digestive system, I recommend a strategy of wait and watch closely. Some dogs can eat a sock or a piece of cloth, and it may live happily in their stomach for months. When they start vomiting and going off food, it’s time to investigate with some X-rays. Unfortunately, X-rays often don’t show soft objects like clothing, so it may require surgical exploration to find it.
 
Many dogs eat socks, plastic toys, batteries, remote controls, bottle caps, and towels, and the items pass through their intestines, only to appear as a deposit on the lawn.
 
Monitor your dog carefully for the next few weeks, especially his stool. If he starts vomiting, appears lethargic, or otherwise seems off, have some X-rays taken. If he somehow produces the sock in the stool, celebrate the passage and savings of several thousand dollars of surgery costs.


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Terry   St Catharines, International

1/17/2015 11:25:41 AM

My 1 year old Saint Bernard ate a small glove. Took about a week and then she vomited it up.

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Linda   Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

12/30/2014 10:52:08 AM

My 5 month old golden retriever just ate one blue fluffy crew sock from under the tree, I discovered it within 90 minutes and administered one oz of peroxide, waited 10 minutes gave him another 1 oz and within 10 minutes he vomited up the sock in shreds...I consulted my Vet before giving it to him and she said it wouldn't hurt him either way...success!

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Katie   England, Washington

11/25/2014 10:22:59 AM

My 18 months old American bulldog has ate a pair of socks do anyone know what to do to help me get it out of her so she don't get blocked up

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Lindsay   St Louis, Michigan

2/8/2014 3:46:21 PM

My 3 mo. old lab eats our kids socks all the time. He has always vommited them up within a week or two. My concern is, will this affect his digestion? A sock in the belly for a couple weeks can't be a good thing...

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