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All is well since he vomited it back up, but Hank swallowed my sock tonight!!

We had just come back from Advanced Beginner Obedience class, ironically, and he snatched my sock I was holding (ankle length) and of course refused to drop it and then swallowed it when I chased him into my bedroom to get it back. Next time I am just going to body tackle him.

My wonderful 11-year-old son helped me pour some salt in his throat to hopefully induce vomiting, and then we called the emergency vet number. While talking with the vet, Hank vomited up the sock (then immediately tried to eat it again.)

I have not had problems with him eating inappropriate stuff until recently. Last week he also ate a plastic bag which blew into my yard apparently, and fortunately pooped it out. I have the house pretty well puppy-proofed, and in this case he stole the sock from me.

Just glad he's ok. And I will have to be much more vigilant!
 

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I have had one come out the other end unscathed (but we tossed it anyway imagine that) --- fortunately -- as opposed to having a very sick dog. It was definitely an odd experience. Glad he is ok.
 

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Wow, you are gonna have to be on guard 24/7 with him. There is no telling what he will eat next.:crazy:
 

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Wow! I'm glad to hear he is better now!! JustMeLeslie is right! My cat one night ate plastic out of the trash can (it was plastic wraped around meat), and one day I found him with plastic comming out his bottom that we had to pull out! He is better now. I would never imagine that a cat would do a thing like that, and he eats ALOT!! I mean ALOT!! He has a huge food drive, anytime there is food around he is under my feet begging!!
 

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Wow! I'm glad to hear he is better now!! JustMeLeslie is right! My cat one night ate plastic out of the trash can (it was plastic wraped around meat), and one day I found him with plastic comming out his bottom that we had to pull out! He is better now. I would never imagine that a cat would do a thing like that, and he eats ALOT!! I mean ALOT!! He has a huge food drive, anytime there is food around he is under my feet begging!!

I had a cat who was addicted to loaves of bread....he'd eat through the plastic then eat the whole loaf in a span of hours. We came home one night to the loaf of brand new raisin cinnamon bread our roommate had just bought strewn from the kitchen to the front door.

On top of it he'd wake you up in the mornings with this pitiful mewling then escort you to the garage and back with the food scoop to ensure you didnt drop any or miss filling his bowl.
 

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Our cat tried to eat thread from the spool on my sewing machine. I caught him at it when I came back to the room (I'd only gone to use the bathroom) and had to pull over 2ft of thread out of his throat. The faces and gagging noises he made cracked me up, but I was glad that it didn't turn out worse (or that he didn't vomit on me!).
 

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When Derby was a puppy, (she just turned 2 years old), she had a strange affinity for thongs left anywhere by my teenage daughters. She would steal them from the laundry hamper, partially left open drawers, of course teenage daughters leave them on the bathroom floor. And boy was she ever slick about it, you just turn your back or stir the pot on the stove... Many a thong remains came out of her. She never vomited any. I guess it was a good thing that I have a pair of skinny daughters and that they were thongs.....
 

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When our lab was a pup he was all about the socks and underwear-ugh. He would swallow them down and then up they would come-so gross ( and scary). Lucky for us he never had any problems an we were much more careful about the laundry. Our cats are total 'chow hounds', for lack of a bette word. They cry and beg and assault you if there is food out. The girl kitty especially like vegetables (wha???)
 

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Oddly enough, like some of the other posters, I also have a cat who will eat through the plastic bread bag to get to the bread, but he has always left the plastic bits on the counter.

The problem with Hank is he now thinks "keep away" is a game, and he was keeping the sock away from me after he stole it. If he has something and I try to take it, then it's game on for him. This probably started from us playing football outside. I think he swallowed the sock in the excitement of what is a game for him and an aggravation for me. He has stolen socks, stuffed animals, gloves, etc., before but this is the first time he swallowed one. So no more "keep away" or chase games!! :)

It is frustrating that we just started "advanced obedience" and yet in the heat of excitement he will not obey me to "drop it" or "leave it" etc. I am hoping that it's an age thing; he is just shy of 6 months.
 

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We did the sock thing twice with Retta and didn't know she had eaten a sock either time until it showed up the next day (or so) during what became an awkward potty time. Oh, and these were knee high athletic socks . . . I can't imagine swallowing that much cloth much less . . .

After the first incident you would have thought we'd have been better about keeping socks and shoes away from where she could get them. I think it took 4 or 5 pairs of tennis shoes before my husband realized that *he* would have to modify *his* behavior because she (Retta) seriously loved shoes and socks!
 

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You need to teach him to trade ASAP for higher value items. Which he will capitalize on for a while, but in the meantime you can teach him leave it and drop it. At least while he is learning those he will learn he can trade for something better.

As for pulling things out - on dogs or cats - do not do it. Call the vet. The things that are coming out can be wrapped around things inside the animal and can create a massive problem if you pull it.
 

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I notice that if you run after them, they tend to gobble whatever is in their mouths. I know Dexter does that if he gets into the trash and snatches something. I try to be calm and coax it out of him slowly. As soon as I react quickly, you can see his ears flatten as he zips through the house swallowing as fast as he can! Devil.
 

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I notice that if you run after them, they tend to gobble whatever is in their mouths. I know Dexter does that if he gets into the trash and snatches something. I try to be calm and coax it out of him slowly. As soon as I react quickly, you can see his ears flatten as he zips through the house swallowing as fast as he can! Devil.
That's exactly it! So no more chase.

He definitely will trade for a higher value item; I made the mistake of not using that technique Monday. He knows "leave it" and "drop it" - it's a matter of whether he will choose to obey when he is an excited state. This continues to be very frustrating for me since he will "leave it" during training and ignore a pile of food, but won't "leave it" when a cat runs by or I try to mop the floor! :mad:
 
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