Give Dog a Few Weeks to Pass Sock

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


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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Becki   san juan capo, California

1/13/2017 2:56:56 PM

So when is it not ok regarding dogs eating stuff. Mine eats his blankets. Yesterday he threw up-no blanket material, he kept drinking water and threw up all the water. Now he has sad eyes and refuses food. He is trying to poop but nothing is coming out right now. How long do you wait to seeif it passes? He is 3 and about 26 pounds and has eaten blanket pieces forever, can not get him to stop

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Jiah   Mumbai, International

8/31/2016 5:45:11 AM

Feed 20 ml hydrogen peroxide in 20 ml water. Was told to me by vet when my 8month old swallowed a sock. Consult a. Vet just to confirm

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VISHAL   Bangalore, International

7/27/2016 10:03:46 AM


Pls do help me
My dog golden retriver she ate a ankle socks , m ver much scared.. abt
She is a 4month old
Pls giv me some

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Sonu   Chandigarh, International

5/6/2016 4:41:41 AM

My 3 months old golden retriever swallowed a hoot ton Henley being used by ladies. No physical ailment seen . What should I do ??

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