Dogs tend to eat smelly things like underwear – thanks to their strong sense of smell, says vet Dr Rikesh Suresh Patel.
The Mirror reports that hundreds of vets from all over the UK have revealed the most unusual things they have had to remove from dogs’ stomachs. From underwear to a Barbie doll head it’s clear some dogs will eat anything. Dr Rikesh Suresh Patel is a vet surgeon in Wallasey for Vets4Pets – the company who carried out the survey.
He said: “The weirdest thing I’ve encountered is a rat teddy bear, it was sort of a bear with a rat’s head. “Luckily this dog had swallowed it whole and it was really soft so we could retrieve it rather than doing major surgery.“ “Because dogs have such a strong sense of smell, so they tend to eat funky smelling things like underwear. “Cats eat pretty things like tinsel and shiny items. “However dogs love to explore, you can’t leave something lying around without a dog wanting to eat it. “The number one rule should be out of sight, out of mind. “If a dog can’t see it and smell it then they won’t want to eat it. Dr Patel told the Liverpool Echo: “Keep them in a separate room from items they could potentially eat, when out of the house. “Don’t leave stuff like sugar coated medication and chocolate around. “Of course some owners with dogs like labradors that chew everything, who don’t want to keep telling the dog to stop every 20 minutes can use a muzzle.”
Here’s the top 10 most unusual discoveries:
2. Riding crop
3. Carpet thread running from mouth to bottom
4. Needle and thread
5. Whole baked potato
6. Rubber chicken (whole)
7. Christmas tinsel
8. Corn on the cob middle
9. Baby’s dummy teat
10. Barbie doll head (without hair)
(Story source: The Mirror – January 2016)