Here’s a Top Ten List you’d probably rather not know, but as a conscientious dog companion – you need to, to help keep you dog, and wallet, healthy. I’ll provide them David Letterman style, starting from the bottom up (with some smart-ass commentary, of course).
Top ten things veterinarians shouldn’t find in doggie tummies – but do (Dog bless ‘em)
10. Sticks (What can you do? They’re everywhere. Keep you eye on your pup!)
9. Hair Ties/Ribbons (Keep your drawer closed!)
8. Bones(What? Your STILL giving your dog bones after all my warnings?)
7. Corn Cobs(Uh, really? Folks give corn cobs to dogs?)
6. Chew Toys (Natch – but buy BIG, tough, non-swallowable sizes, okay?)
5. Balls (Toss balls too big to gulp down, discard when chewed down or split)
4. Rocks (I swear, these guys will put anything in their mouths)
3. Panty Hose (Help! there’s a tiny burglar in the bedroom!)
2. Underwear( Dear, my bottom is cold – I heard that!)
And the number ONE item vets remove from the tummies of our beloved poochies is:
That’s right, your socks. Dogs just LOVE tugging and chewing on your socks. What else is laying around that is so full of his beloved companion’s great smells? It’s poochie chewing heaven!
So next time you pup is pretending to ‘kill that mouse’ with your sock, pay close attention that he doesn’t decide to reward himself with a fresh-kill dinner!
And since the cost of removing any of these items range from $800 to $1500 – or more, it might be a good practice to always pick up your socks rather than tossing them on the floor too. I’m sure you’d prefer to keep your little four-footed pal around for a while longer – right? And save that hard-earned cash!
Now on to the serious, you-need-to-know stuff. But just in case he still manages to get a hold of a sock – or other things, and somehow swallow it – and your regular veterinarian office is closed ( nighttime/weekends/ holidays):
o Find out where your nearest 24/7 veterinarian emergency clinic is located. *
o Write down the clinic telephone number and post it in a very visable spot so you easily can call them to let them know you are on your way – with one bare foot.
o Keep a MAP of the clinic location in your car! This will keep confusion to a minimum while rushing to the clinic.
*For residents of San Jose/Silicon Valley, there are several 24/7 emergency rooms just for pets. I posted one below (with two locations). For readers in other areas, please do a search for vet emergency in your town.
United Emergency Animal Clinic,
· 905 Dell Ave, Campbell (Just off Hwy 17 at the Santa Tomas Expressway, then an immediate right turn onto Dell.) Phone number: 408-371-6252
· 5440 Thornwood Dr., South San Jose (Oak Ridge Mall area between Santa Teresa & Winfield) Phone number: 408-578-5622
Read more about these clinics: >YIPE! Quick! Do you know where to get emergency animal care? ( If you have an after-hours clinic you’d like to see reviewed or you’d like to recommend, please forward the information to DawgHugger. If you have a story to tell about your visit, send that too for possible posting on DawgHugger.)
Note that these clinics are not cheap. Consider getting some kind of pet insurance, just in case. To learn more about pet insurance, go to > Pet insurance for your dog. Please check out insurance company policies and make sure your vet accepts their coverage before buying any health policy.
For quick and easy access to many dog health issues including dog first-aid, keeping your home poison free and much more, please visit > DawgHugger’s Quick Access: Pet Health – A Series
Here’s to the happy, healthy, tummy sock-free pooch in your family.
Woof for Now
Wrapping my arms all around all things Dog