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Pets eat the strangest things: 2010′s most unusual ingested objects

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 7:53 am in Cats, dogs.

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Pets eat the strangest things: 2010′s most unusual ingested objects

I just got this fascinating news release from Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI):

With nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion (insurance) claims received over the past year, VPI saw plenty of pets make meals of inedible objects. Many of the usual ingestions showed up again and again; socks, hand towels, sticks, and rocks were especially popular pet “snack” choices. Other ingested items were not quite as common.

Here are some of the more noteworthy items that were removed from the stomachs of VPI-insured dogs and cats in 2010:

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Here are some of the more noteworthy items that were removed from the stomachs of VPI-insured dogs and cats in 2010:

** jellyfish
** glue
** estrogen patch/make-up brush
** tube of denture adhesive
** dead poisoned vole
** bikini
** ink pen
** plastic nose from teddy bear
** magnetic purse clasps
** baseball
** glass Christmas ornament
** hearing aid
** bed sheet
** box of pencils
** popsicle stick
** avocado pit
** dental floss
** coffee filter/coffee grounds
** fishhook
** pain relief tablet/B.B. pellet/highlighter
** tent door
** toy squeaker
** watch
** 16 steel wool pads
** pseudoephedrine/sponge/snail poison/tampon
** 20 cherry pits
** light bulb
** barbecue brush
** Frisbee
** jumper cables
** razor blades
** uncooked rice (1 pound)
** wallpaper paste
** squirrel
** balloon ribbons
** bird (whole)
** butter/sand
** deer antler (partial)
** extension cord
** leash/3 sticks of butter
** pin cushion
** portion of wool rug
** tobacco
** TV remote control
** 10 quarters/one penny/one Canadian coin/three arcade tokens
** foot-long submarine sandwich
** fire log
** wooden toy train
** pine cone
** round chew bone (whole)
** caulk
** eye glasses
** money (paper)
** oil-soaked dirt
** sand
** rosary crucifix
** 25 to 30 soiled diapers
** bath bubble mix
** bathtub cleaner/outdoor plants
** duck bone

In case you made it this far, you’ll be happy to know that according to VPI, all the pets that swallowed the above stuff made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible expenses. I’m not sure about their owners, though! /Gary

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  2. Bubbles Says:

    Yeah, sometime I actually wonder why some dogs love the soiled diapers!

  3. DonnaK Says:

    My airedale ate a razor blade, luckily followed by a bar of soap. The soap probably helped coat the blade.

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