If your personal items seem to be disappearing from your home, you may want to check with your dog.
An eight year old black lab named Tiki was brought to Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital this week in Mars, Pennsylvania where it was discover there was 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of panties, and one bandage in a large mass inside the dog’s stomach.
Tiki wasn’t responding to medicine for vomiting, diarrhea and a loss of appetite, and X-rays showed an unknown mass in her stomach. No one had a clue what would be found .
It took two hours of surgery to remove all the items.
The dog’s owner, Sara Weiss, says Tiki once swallowed a plastic foam dart, but that passed through the dog’s system naturally.
Eating non food items is a condition known as Pica, and is more common in dogs than cats. It is also a condition known to exist in humans. Veterinarians do not know why some dogs do this.
Signs that a pet may have ingested an object that is causing a blockage in the digestive tract include:
Diarrhea or constipation
Loss of appetite
If you suspect that your pet may have this problem, see your veterinarian immediately.