Dogs can make loving and fun companions that you can share your life with and enjoy many activities together. However, dog’s do not always make your life easy. From digging holes in the garden to stealing the joint of meat you have just cooked, a mischievous dog can cause chaos wherever it goes. Some dogs are also prone to eating things that they shouldn’t. They chew up their toys and gnaw holes through their bedding. As a general rule, dogs should not eat anything other than the food with which you provide them as other objects can cause problems to their health, such as allergic reactions to the materials from which they are made of a blockage in their intestinal tract. One strange thing that some dogs love to eat is clothing. So, what should you do if your dog eats a sock or another item of your clothes? Here is a short guide to help you tackle this tricky situation.
What Happens to the Sock?
In general, there are only two things that can happen if your dog eats a sock. It will either stay in or it will come out. If your dog is big and the sock is small, such as that of a baby or a young child, it is possible that the sock will come back out. There are two ways that the sock can come back out. Either they will vomit the sock up or it will come out in a bowel movement. In the case of the latter, it can take several days for the sock to reappear, so you might need to check their poo regularly.
The other possibility is that the sock will stay inside your dog’s stomach or somewhere in their intestinal tract. If this happens, it is likely that your dog will experience discomfort. A blockage such as this is also one of the leading causes of dogs becoming chronic vomiters. If your dog is regularly sick and you are not sure why then this is a potential cause and you need to take your dog to the vet.
What If You Are Not Sure?
Owners do not always see their dog stealing or eating the sock. However, if you have missing socks and you know that your dog has a tendency to do this, then it is possible that they have eaten a sock. If you are concerned that this has happened, you need to keep an eye on your dog over the next few days. If they appear unwell, are not interested in their food, do not open their bowels or suffer from unexplained vomiting, then you should get them checked out by the vet. They will examine your dog to check for a blockage. This sometimes involves an X-ray or a scan to check for any foreign objects inside your dog’s body.
Dealing with a Swallowed Sock
If you have witnessed your dog eating the sock, then you have two options. The first is to wait and see what happens. The sock may come out of their body naturally either with vomit or with a bowel movement. If it has not made them ill, then it can save you the expense of a trip to the vet. However, if you opt not to take them to the vet and it becomes an obstruction that makes them ill at a later date, then surgery is the most likely treatment. Not only is this invasive for your dog, it is also expensive for you.
The other alternative is to take the dog straight to the vet. They can then remove the sock from the stomach using an endoscope, which is a really simple procedure. The benefits of this option are that it will prevent your pet from becoming ill later and this procedure costs less than surgery to remove a sock.
What About Other Objects?
As a general rule, dogs should only consume food that is manufactured for dogs. If they have eaten any inanimate objects it is usually best to get them checked out by a vet. In many cases, things will simply pass through their digestive tract without causing them any harm. However, there are some items that are potentially life-threatening and you will need to see your vet immediately. These include sharp items, batteries, or very large objects.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
One of the best pieces of advice to avoid this situation happening in the first instance is to keep your home tidy if you have a dog. If your dog is prone to eating strange things, then not leaving anything out that they could potentially try to consume is the best way of avoiding them eating socks and other strange objects.