Category Archives: Foreign Body

Searching for Treasure

This is a local story, this happened in Rockville the other day……..

A dog named Soli with expensive tastes swallowed a diamond worth 20-thousand US dollars, causing panic for the owners of a jewelry shop outside Washington DC.

A diamond dealer brought the big rock to the store but he dropped it as he got it out to show owners Robert Rosin and George Kaufmann, and in an instant, Soli had gobbled up the three-plus carat rock.

They called a vet who advised them to let the diamond follow nature’s course, which meant Kaufmann had to track Silos’ every movement.

“It was not that pleasant. I followed him. I had to pick up his stuff. I went through the things. I can understand what it was like in the old Gold Rush because I felt like I had just hit pay dirt,” Kaufman said.

After three days, the gem appeared and the dealer got his diamond back.

As for Soli, he’s getting plenty of traditional doggy snacks to keep him from making a dog’s dinner of any more gems.

When Good Dogs Eat Bad Things

Top 10 Things Dogs Shouldn’t Eat, but Do

10 things dogs eat, but shouldn’t. It was kind of interesting, but none all to surprising. Here’s his top ten list:

10: Sticks. You bet. They splinter, poke and tear up a gut at times. In my experience, it’s not just the stick, but the peritonitis which may result from the “poke.”

9: Hair ties and hair ribbons. Yes, girls smell better. So do their accessories. Dogs can’t help but like picking these attractive things up and chewing/swallowing them.

8: Bones. We have a lot of barbecues and cookouts around here. Most people know to keep chicken and turkey bones away from pets, but, yes, pork, venison and beef bones can sometimes cause trouble in the intestines of dogs. The best rule? No bones at all.

7: Corn Cobs. Yes, just had one week before last. Funny how they’ll go down an esophagus but get caught in an intestine.

6: Chew Toys. This is unfortunate because these are marketed for dogs to chew on for either dental care or entertainment purposes. I have even seen dentrifice-purposed rope toys in dogs wrap themselves around the intestine, causing strangulation of the bowel in segments once the rope “unwinds.”

5: Balls. Racquetballs, tennis balls, toy rubber balls, yes, I’ve seen them caught in the throat, esophagus, stomach and intestine in my practice life. The good news? At least they light up well on the x-rays.

4: Rocks. Rocks in solitary form or an amalgamation of small rocks together can really clog up the works in an intestine. Why do dogs in particular eat rocks? Do they need minerals? Are they that bored or that hungry? All I know is, they do. The good news diagnostically is that, like bones and balls, these are easily spotted on x-rays.

3: Panty hose. What a fetish! Nylons have an interesting texture. Whether it’s that texture or the scent, we’ve seen our share of these, both wadded up and acting as linear foreign bodies. Some women tell me that we’ve removed some of these weeks after they thought the hose were missing. A testament to malleability, I guess.

2: Briefs/Panties. Equal time for men’s underwear here. I’m talking about tighty-whities in most cases, but, they’re tinted a different color by the time we remove them.

And Number 1? Socks. That’s so common, it’s not surprising. Foot odor is very attractive to dogs, and socks get thrown loosely on the floor, particularly by men.
There you have it, so the next time you just throw your socks on the floor, remember that you might have to have the vet take them out of your dog later! Now you have no excuses for not putting all the dirty laundry in the hamper!

Fishing for Chihuahuas

My name is Rock Star and this morning I caused my Mommy some undue stress.  I climbed into my kennel last night at bedtime. My Mommy brought me a nice fleece blankie to snuggle up in and I arranged it just so before I lay down to sleep.  Over the course of the night, I awoke & started chewing on the edge of my blankie.  The string edging began to unravel and it looked so much like spaghetti that I decided to eat it!  It didn’t taste like spaghetti and was much longer at 100 inches.  

When my mommy awoke, she found me with the string hanging out of my mouth and she rushed me to Kingsbrook.  When I arrived, the technicians placed an IV catheter and sedated me while Dr. Cook held the string so I couldn’t ingest any more of it.  Dr. Cook said it looked like he was fishing for Chihuahuas.  I wasn’t amused.  Once I was relaxed, Dr. Kim was able to gently pull the string out since it was only in my stomach (Do not try this at home) and hadn’t traveled to my intestines.  If the string had entered my intestines, I would have needed surgery to remove it! I am feeling much better now.  My Mommy picked me up and I am going home to take a nap……..without my blankie.