What’s The Strangest Thing Your Dog Has Eaten?

I just read on Mashable about Tiki, a Black Labrador who ate eight pairs of underwear, 62 hair ties, four rubber bands, and a band-aid. His consumption was all over a few days, and he survived the surgery to bark about it. I thought my pups ate a lot of unusual household objects, but Tiki takes the bone.

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Included in Sanchez’s puppy menu:

  • My mother’s gold earring (just one, he left the other untouched)
  • My diamond & pearl earring (The worst part wasn’t getting very familiar with his excrement, it was never finding it.)
  • The pedal attachment on my Steinway Concert Grand Piano (repairable, but costly)
  • A multitude of dog beds (all colors, sizes, and textures. He wasn’t particular.)

As a puppy, everything was edible to Sanchez. Now in his senior years, he only gravitates towards tissue in the bathroom waste basket.

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Included in Gina’s menu:

  • A date’s front tooth attached to his retainer
  • A saw grass blade so long (10 inches) that it had to be removed in surgery

Gina surely didn’t want my date to return. And Sanchez clearly has expensive taste.

It is not uncommon for dogs to eat non-food items, referred to as Pica. Teething puppies can get into a variety of household items. I have heard of more than one puppy that ate an entire sneaker.

How to Prevent Dogs from Eating Non-Edible Objects:

  • Provide plenty of exercise. It will help prevent boredom, and a tired dog is a good dog.
  • Provide environmental enrichment with canine sound therapy.
  • Provide safe chewables that take a long time to chew such as a nylabone.
  • Make him work for his food with either a food puzzle or a stuffed kong.
  • If your dog is alone all day, consider hiring a dog walker in the middle of the day.
  • Supervise your dog’s environment. When alone, leave her in a crate or an exercise pen.

If you catch your dog in the act, have him return the item he’s chewing and trade it for a chew toy. Scolding him after the fact will just be confusing and may make the situation worse.

Do you have a canine vacuum cleaner? What is the strangest thing your dog has eaten? Do tell in the comments below.

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer9 months ago

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Alice L9 months ago

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hELEN hEARFIELD9 months ago

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Sue H9 months ago

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Glennis Whitney9 months ago

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Glennis Whitney9 months ago

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Glennis Whitney9 months ago

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Glennis Whitney9 months ago

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Justin M9 months ago

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Ruth S9 months ago

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