Dog Eats Almost 44 Socks!

Strangely enough, the dog’s bizarre binging has led to some veterinary bill help for low-income families.


Anyone up for grilled socks?
Anyone up for grilled socks?


“What happened to the match for this sock?”  An Oregon family has finally gotten the answer to that age-old question – their dog really did eat them!  And amazingly enough, the three-year-old Great Dane survived.

Back in February, the unnamed family’s dog wasn’t eating and had been retching and vomiting all day, so they brought him to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.  Abdominal X-rays showed “a large quantity of foreign material” in his stomach.

One news reporter likened the post-feast discomfort to a person eating five large pizzas at once.

Dr. Ashley Magee got to work on exploratory surgery, and extracted 43 ½ socks.  It is unknown what happened to the other sock.  The Great Dane was stitched up and sent home to recover, with strict orders not to allow him near any laundry baskets.

Fortunately, this particular animal hospital has had some experience in this field; they once had to remove Gorilla Glue from a dog’s stomach.

DoveLewis has even recently won second place in a contest for the sock-chomping dog.  Veterinary Practice News has been running the contest “They Ate WHAT?” for nearly ten years, and awarded $500 to the animal hospital.  The funds will be used to help low-income pet owners pay for vet bills.


105 thoughts on “Dog Eats Almost 44 Socks!

  1. Ryan , atleast mini only ate one tube sock!!! 43 1/2 that’s insane. I’m sure the surgery was just as much though!

  2. My basset hound ate underwear, socks, and paper products. He had to have surgery once when a big sock didn’t pass.

  3. My boxer puppy has eaten I have no idea how many socks. Luckily he has passed them or threw them up within a couple days. For some sick reason he eats female products too. We’re constantly having to make sure we keep our doors closed. Lol

  4. That’s terrible neglect that he was able to eat that many and no one noticed??? If a dog is trained right and exercised properly they won’t eat stuff like that…usually it is boredom or frustration that causes that eating behavior.

  5. My Dino ( an old English sheepdog) used to steal the occasional baby sock & eat it & then sick it back up the silly thing but 44 is bloody ridiculous, surely u would take better precautions I certainly did after about the 3rd or 4th!

  6. Sounds like they weren’t feeding it enough or the dog was so stressed it took his frustration out on socks.should of bought him chew bones and toys for dog and played walked it more.

  7. Does anyone else wonder why it took them the loss of 43 socks to figure this out?? Why on earth aren’t they watching that dog more closely? I’ve had 7 large dogs and NO socks eaten.

  8. My husky used to eat only my daughters pjs from the was line. Not a piece of fabric left but it would come “out” later in his poopy. He never touched any other washing on the lines

  9. I’m glad my lab doesn’t eat stuff. The other thing is – if i think it’s risky and he might be interested – he has no access to it. He likes destroying more than eating.

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  11. 44 socks!? That is ridiculous!!! I think the owners should have realized before the number got that high.

  12. When I see this, all I can think is bad dog parenting…you would never see a post how a toddler ate 44 little toys, because we know if it can fit in a kids mouth they shouldn’t have it… Seriously watch your dogs

  13. People! Really?! It took 44 socks before you noticed that your dog eats things that could hurt him? Every dog is different, but you have to “baby proof” your home as needed.

  14. My dog has eaten socks. But he’s puked them up in the middle of the night. I try to keep everything out of his reach, but Lord forbid I kick my socks off in the middle of the night or drop one while folding laundry. And its only happened like three times. 44 is pretty bad.

  15. I have bucket of odd socks and every now and then I empty it to find the mates. Some are lost forever. I think it is the house ghosts

  16. Looks like the poor doggy left alone plenty of times, this is how they vent frustration and loneliness. That is not amusing it is sad.

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