Veterinarians who operated on an ailing 64kg Great Dane in
Oregon removed 43-1/2 socks from its stomach in an emergency
surgery that likely saved the pooch's life, an animal
The 3-year-old canine, who had an affinity for chewing on
socks but was not known to swallow them whole, was rushed to
Portland's DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in February,
hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said.
"We see some very strange things, but this is by far the most
socks we've ever pulled out of an animal," Harch said after
X-ray images of the dog's belly won a tongue-in-cheek
veterinary industry prize called "They ate WHAT?"
DoveLewis will use the prize money to fund emergency care for
pets of low-income animal owners, Harch said.
The Great Dane appeared to favour lush, coloured socks in
smaller sizes, images of the retrieved items showed. The
sock-devouring pooch's owners are keeping the hungry dog's
name private, Harch said.
"His owners wish to remain anonymous," she said. "But they
are getting a kick out of the award."