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What Goes In, Must Come Out

What is the craziest thing that you’ve heard of a dog eating? Pantyhose? A baby’s pacifier? Maybe a diamond earring? It is astounding what some pets will eat!

Dogs and cats will eat non-food items, known as indiscriminate eating, or pica. This can include the aforementioned pantyhose and pacifier, or dirt, plants, rocks, human medication, and much more.  In some cases, the items will be eliminated normally, but in many cases, medical and or surgical intervention is required. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, gastrointestinal (meaning in the stomach or intestines) foreign bodies are the most common surgical emergencies in veterinary medicine. Continue…