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Best thing I've seen in months, especially in light of taking on a 3 month-old lab/mastiff mix two weeks ago. Better still that all are apparently alive and well.
posted by docpops at 8:07 AM on September 25, 2011


I was going to say some of these animals seem dumber than a bag full of rocks, and then one of them is a bag full of rocks.
posted by maxwelton at 8:09 AM on September 25, 2011 [23 favorites]


X-ray video of a dog drinking water that I recently saw.
posted by gman at 8:10 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yes, two dogs decided to eat the spoons with the peanut butter on them. And these are only the reported cases.
posted by Countess Elena at 8:12 AM on September 25, 2011


I love the snake eating a snake one.

I also looked to see if jessamyn was finally going to get the lama skull X-ray she wants. Sadly, no.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:16 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


the toy dinosaur and the false teeth were my favourites.

(the worst is when they eat things like used tampax and then run around all week with a string hanging from their butts, like the world's most horrible and unfestive firecracker ever.)
posted by elizardbits at 8:18 AM on September 25, 2011 [8 favorites]


Lara is disappointed that she will no longer receive peanut butter on a spoon and will have to lick it off my filthy fingers instead (like she doesn't spend a good percentage of time with her nose up other dog's butts, sheesh)!
posted by HuronBob at 8:19 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Who takes their duck in for abdominal surgery...twice?

Yeah I also loved the false teeth but I'm not sure that afterwards I would be happy to pop those babies back in my mouth.

My favorite was the gorilla glue that expanded and molded to fit. At least his owners have a nice model of his stomach that only cost them a $1000 or so.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:30 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Who takes their duck in for abdominal surgery...twice?

A quack?
posted by saturday_morning at 8:39 AM on September 25, 2011 [8 favorites]


Oh man, that poor kitty with the guitar string out his mouth. These are mildly amusing, but as a pet owner I can only imagine the total frigging panic that the owners felt.

And the vet bills.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:42 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


People need to not feed their $10,000 diamond engagement ring to dogs. Accidentally or on purpose. Just sayin'.
posted by entropone at 8:44 AM on September 25, 2011


Oy. I've seen some of these before, but ouch, ouch, ouch! This one:

A 6-month-old male kitten, Keelee, loved playing with the guitar that the owner was fixing. Owner tried to pull the string and because it wouldn’t come, he brought Keelee in.

I don't even quite understand, but I'm 110% sure I don't want to. OY!

I'm so grateful my dog doesn't eat random non-food objects. Except delicious, delicious kitty poop, when she's lucky enough to find it (since we don't have a cat). I never even knowed this about her until we came across a Very Bad Thing. Someone had apparently decided to just dump their litter box in the middle of our street instead of ... whatever they usually do.

My dog saw this as something akin to a cache of rare and precious chocolate truffles coated in crunchy almond bits. By the time I even realized what was happening it was all over except for the crying.
posted by taz at 8:45 AM on September 25, 2011 [10 favorites]


My parents used to have a friend who was a pediatrician and he had a hallway in his house with a series of x-rays in shadowboxes with the objects he'd removed from various patients displayed alongside. That would always amuse me. But for some reason this just made me feel increasing levels of panic and distress for the animals and their people. Children, who needs 'em. Nail eating ducks? Live forever; I love you!
posted by Mizu at 8:47 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


My dog + foreign object story involves my grandparents fox terrier. My grandfather, being something of a fly fisherman, would periodically clean his fly lines with some mystery goop. This goop turned out to be delicious to fox terriers.

Before you know it 20 feet of dayglo yellow, large-diameter floating fly line had disappeared into the dog, who spent the next three weeks with loops of this yellow fishing line slowly emerging from his bum. We got some very interesting looks when we took him for a walk that month.
posted by N-stoff at 9:11 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


OP: the runners up link is the 2009 winners.
posted by forallmankind at 9:13 AM on September 25, 2011


Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog...
posted by TheRedArmy at 9:36 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Today's lesson: never leave your false teeth in a bowl of ice cream.
posted by snofoam at 9:39 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


The best story I've heard was on the TV show "Emergency Vet". One vet was talking about a couple who brought in their Lab. X-rays showed the underwire of a bra in his stomach -- a D cup bra. The wife was an A cup. The cost of the surgery was dwarfed by the cost of the divorce.
posted by pbrim at 9:40 AM on September 25, 2011 [13 favorites]


Dr. Seavey, those are pacifiers, not nipples. Specifically, the Soothie brand.
posted by mkb at 9:46 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dogs are pretty dumb.
posted by perissodactyl at 9:54 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yes, two dogs decided to eat the spoons with the peanut butter on them.

This is exactly why they tell you not to put it on your scrotum anymore.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:57 AM on September 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


Likewise, don't leave your testicles in a bowl of ice cream. Beyond what is necessary, I mean.
posted by taz at 10:05 AM on September 25, 2011


People need to not feed their $10,000 diamond engagement ring to dogs. Accidentally or on purpose. Just sayin'.

Exactly. Everyone knows that you're supposed to pass them through an Asian Palm Civet.
posted by porpoise at 10:10 AM on September 25, 2011


I was not comfortable reading this while my own sweet oaf was unsupervised. Sure enough I found him eating a toilet paper tube.
posted by Lou Stuells at 10:34 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


taz, a dog-owner friend refers to those "rare and precious chocolate truffles coated in crunchy almond bits" as "kitty roca."
posted by girandole at 10:39 AM on September 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Can't decide if my favorite is the Gorilla glue or the chunks of driveway....
posted by easily confused at 10:44 AM on September 25, 2011


My parents used to have a friend who was a pediatrician and he had a hallway in his house with a series of x-rays in shadowboxes with the objects he'd removed from various patients displayed alongside.

I have a terrific x-ray of a snail embedded in my foot.

The PA who removed it was pretty amazed, too, and invited half the ER into the room to check it out.
posted by entropone at 10:48 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


(the worst is when they eat things like used tampax and then run around all week with a string hanging from their butts, like the world's most horrible and unfestive firecracker ever.)

My grandfather used to feed his boston terrier slices of bologna, typically with the outer casing intact. On more than one occasion the dog was seen running around/rubbing it's butt on the floor with the casing hanging out. Pulling it out was frightening.
posted by Big_B at 10:53 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Apple has developed a stupid-ass habit of eating crap she finds on the street during our nighttime walks. Usually I can pull it out in time, but sometimes it's just crunching and I reach into her mouth and there's just wet gunk and I know she swallowed it. Good to know she can eat a whole shitload of it...
posted by griphus at 11:02 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Years ago, my Dad would go out in the yard and chip golf balls for practice, and our Dalmatian got hold of one of the lost balls. A few days later, we were outside and saw something hanging from the dog's butt. It was one of the rubber bands that wrapped around the inside of the ball. We kind of looked at each other and my Dad stepped up and put his foot on the end of the band. the dog walked off...10 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet...finally, the end snapped out of the canine colon on to my Dad's leg, leaving a bit of a mess. Dad restricted his practice to the driving range after that.
posted by Mcable at 11:06 AM on September 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


We had a nice freakout recently when Wilson, a smallish dog, ate a whole popsicle stick, one of the shorter but wider kind. Fortunately it was whole and not splintered, and it appeared two days later.

Granted, this is not as exciting as a whole spoon or belly of rocks.
posted by Glinn at 11:19 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


heh heh. This thread must be where the pedal meets the metal, petparents stylee.

I was just going to say that if you see something sticking out of your monster's butt, you pretty much have to have a go at pulling it out (gently! in case it's possibly wrapped around intestines! but you have to have a tug!).

Whenever my dog has a poop that just won't plop it always turns out to bound up in her own hair (and horribly, mine, that she's apparently licked up from the floor), except for the one time that it was some orange... material. I have no idea – nothing from our house, and she's pretty much never unsupervised, so, Mystery.

Anyway, fist bump to all the other kitty and doggy bum string/poop pullers out there! :)
posted by taz at 11:21 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


my favorite.. adopted a 5 years old chihuahua/papillon/drunken red squirrel thing that had been on the street for a good long while before getting picked up.

Eating buffalo wings one night about a month after the adoption. Goon and his elder brother both sitting attentively, waiting for a mistake.

Sure enough, drop a bone and as I grab it the 9 lb fuzzball snatches it out of my hand and as I try and grab it, he growls and swallows the thing whole.

Cue the freakout, internet research and a wait until we decide goofus needs an X-Ray. Pay the wad of cash to get a gut picture and a negative report from the vet.

Big mystery and advice to keep an eye on him. 6 months later and what do I find in the back yard? The drummie, still nuclear orange, clean as a whistle right in the middle of the pathway between the two yard sections.

Where the hell dingus stashed that bone in the meanwhile, I haven't the foggiest. I have to hope he gacked it up that first night and just dragged it out 6 months later. Otherwise I can only imagine it would help explain why he's such a grumpy gallump.
posted by drewbage1847 at 11:40 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


These are fascinating and distressing at the same time. I'm glad my cats are not into eating indigestible objects (as far as I know).

I found a few more of the annual contest results (OP has 2009 and 2011):
2005
2006
2008
2010
posted by bethnull at 11:57 AM on September 25, 2011


I have a terrific x-ray of a snail embedded in my foot.

snail?
posted by ennui.bz at 12:03 PM on September 25, 2011


These are awesome! Somehow you just know it's going to be full of beagles and labradors. My favorite thing we've ever treated a dog for eating was a nativity scene. Of course it was a beagle. He pooped out the baby Jesus at home.
posted by troublewithwolves at 12:57 PM on September 25, 2011 [12 favorites]


A local Husky showed up barfing, lackadaisical. Xray showed he'd downed a fork, which punctured his esophagus among other things. They took the fork out & the next day he was zipping around the recovery room like nothing happened.

If that'd been my dog I totally would've framed the fork & hung it over the dining room table.
posted by yoga at 12:57 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


My sister's black lab liked to eat doubled-up socks, one folded inside it's mate. When he was at his worst, her backyard looked like someone had shaken the clothesline.

"No, I wouldn't put those socks back on the line if I were you."
posted by Foam Pants at 1:13 PM on September 25, 2011


My older Bernese Mountain Dog started vomiting one night after we'd had him about two weeks. (He was two at the time.) We couldn't find a pair of pajama shorts my kiddo wore the night before. So, off to the ER we went. X-Rays showed that the dog had swallowed a rock. It was still in his stomach so instead of surgery, we decided to attempt charcoal to get him to puke it up. It worked! We found the shorts the next day.

Looking back at that event, I regret using the charcoal. Granted it was medical charcoal and it saved him from surgery. You see, a few years ago, we started having an annual pig roast. When we were cleaning up after the first one, my husband had scooped all the spent charcoal and ashes into a bucket for easy disposal. Two seconds later, the dog was found sniffing the bucket. He was reprimanded and no ashes were on his muzzle. We thought we got to him in time to avoid an issue. We were wrong. The dog had consumed a quantity of pig flavored charcoal. Only, he didn't puke it up that night. He managed to keep it down. Again, we thought we got to him in time. So, imagine our horror when we get home from work to discover the carpet (formerly a light beige) was covered in copious quantities of liquidy charcoal poo.

The dog is now confined to the house whenever we clean up after a pig roast. He cannot be trusted.
posted by onhazier at 1:13 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank gods the worst our dogs ever ate was crayons. Those pass right through and are actually kind of an unexpected treat on the other end.
posted by maryr at 1:17 PM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Pooping out Baby Jesus at home.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 1:46 PM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog...

Are a bunch of spoons, apparently. I don't think my dog'll be getting peanut butter on a spoon anymore. Fortunately the only two weird things she seems inclined to eat are crayons and whatever seems interesting out of my cats' litter box and I'm pretty sure all that...uh, stuff's digestible.
posted by clavier at 3:19 PM on September 25, 2011


Ugh many of these animals are damn lucky to be alive. Nails? 300+? WTF is wrong with you dog?

As I look at my 6 year old border collie who has seen her share of foreign objects and ER trips.

When she was a pup we thought she was poisoned. Vomiting, lethargic, peeing on my husband as he lifted her. Took her to the ER vet who said all these things such as brain scan, etc. Husband used to be a vet tech. Told him "um...how about charcoal to absorb poison and induce vomiting? You thought we just explained him Einstein's relativity. So as he was preparing the mix...dog puked twice. It was a wad of twine from the stupid 'rope toy' she was chewing. There went $800. She also pooed in the hall. Good for her.

Now she resorts to:

napkins
toilet paper
crayons
Play Dough
sticks

Love her but god damn it, for a border collie she sure can be dumb.
posted by stormpooper at 3:53 PM on September 25, 2011


"rare and precious chocolate truffles coated in crunchy almond bits" as "kitty roca."

Cat candy, or cat crunchies.
posted by arcticwoman at 4:10 PM on September 25, 2011


Probably because I'm not a pet owner, but I enjoyed not only the x-rays, but this warning:

"Comments from non-industry professionals will be removed."

And yet, the comments are mostly from pet owners. What gives, Veterinary Profession?
posted by sneebler at 4:10 PM on September 25, 2011


Nice post! Feeling very lucky I don't have the kind of pet who eats my stuff....
posted by ph00dz at 6:06 AM on September 26, 2011


"Comments from non-industry professionals will be removed."

I liked that the notice was in comic sans. It emphasized the professionalism.
posted by Quonab at 8:33 AM on September 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is all in a day's work for my wife, who is a Vet Tech in the ER at a major teaching hospital. She and her co-workers once pulled a prank on the boss by getting the boss's dog up on the x-ray table with the boss's car keys under him, and then hid the keys. When the boss couldn't find her keys, they showed her the x-ray.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on September 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


My husband and I have long hair, and tend to shed it quite a bit. Inevitably someone will eat some of it (usually it's a cat); our stupid orange cat just had a bottom flossing last week.
posted by subbes at 2:15 PM on September 26, 2011


Speaking of bottom flossing, I'd just like to put in a bad word for Hartz-brand rope toys. My current dog, being a dachshund, shouldn't have been able to just eat a knotted rope toy like that, but she did and it led to much howling and sorrow.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:09 PM on September 26, 2011


No hi-res images? Awww c'mon...
posted by Theta States at 1:43 PM on September 27, 2011


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