VETS see lots of weird things in the emergency room, but it’s our dogs’ feeding habits that leave them most at a loss for words.
Dogs will eat anything, from fishhooks to hair scrunchies and some less conspicuous items that leave their owner in a state of embarrassment.
Veterinary director at Noosa’s Animal Emergency Centre Naomi Hansen said what pooches decided to put in their mouths never ceased to amaze her.
“Sometimes we make animals vomit because of what they have eaten, but then other things come up,” she said.
“Dogs eat the weirdest things. It’s not an unusual occurrence.
“Most weeks we get a dog come in who has eaten something they shouldn’t have.”
“Fishhooks are not an uncommon thing because of the bait attached to it,” she said.
“When my sausage dog was a puppy he used to eat blue bottles.”
“If I roused on him it just made him eat faster.”
Female accessories seem to be high on the menu for some fashion-minded doggos.
“We’ve had dogs that eat jewellery and earrings, even hair scrunchies”
“The concern with things like a scrunchie is it can get stuck further down the digestive tract.”
But there is one unusual item dogs eat that causes embarrassment for their owners.
“We see a lot of dogs who have eaten condoms,” she said.
“We once had a dog who had eaten three in one hit.
“We blame COVID.”
Sometimes, the eyes of our beloved canines are simply bigger than their stomach.
Including a recent four-legged patient who enjoyed a mega Sunday breakfast of a dozen slices of bacon and half-a-kilo of mince.
“They might not be hungry, but they’ll eat anyway,” Ms Hansen said.
“We see a lot of dogs with food bloat.”
Cane toads might be a pest to most people, but for some dogs, they don’t mind a sneaky lick.
“There are number of dogs that lick cane toads for recreation,” Ms Hansen said.
But it isn’t just our dogs who have unusual taste.
“Sometimes cats eat things they shouldn’t as well,” she said.
“We can’t leave cats out of this.”