By Kayla from MA
Please keep everything except your animals own food out of their reach. If not be prepared to write your veterinarian a huge check.
Not trying to be mean but common sense dictates that you simply keep the socks where your puppy can't get to them. Instead of taking them off and leaving them on the floor just put them in the dirty clothes basket that is kept in a closet or locked room. If they are not dirty keep them on top of/or in a dresser drawer.
I also concur that if the puppy has not pooped the sock pieces out that you need to call a vet ASAP!
Not meaning to sound sarcastic in the least, but all you can do is keep the socks out of reach. Dogs are naturally attracted to all the scents we humans think nasty in dirty socks (and shoes) and once a pup begins a sock or shoe fetish I've yet to find a solution short of putting all the shoes and socks safely away. They eventually even go after the clean ones, too. Hoping to find similar odors, I presume?
Since I do have experience in this area, (thanks to my oldest dog) an important question to ask: Is the dog pooping the socks or are they still in her system? If you haven't found them in poop piles, you need to contact your vet, ASAP. This kind of obstruction could indeed cause the painful death of your dog.
I know a lot of people swear by the bitter apple spray, but it never worked for our dogs in any circumstance. Again, the only solution that worked to cure our sock eater was to keep the dirty socks in hampers with lids (in closets with closed doors) and the clean ones safely tucked in drawers.
Again, please contact your vet if your dog has not eliminated the socks she consumed. Good luck.
They have bitter apple spray you can buy at any pet store. Heavily spray on an old sock with it. The taste should turn the puppy off to the sock. Or, take away the sock, say, "No!" and then give your puppy a rope toy while saying "Good boy/girl.
If your puppy continues to eat socks he/she can die of an obstruct. If the behavior is not corrected now you will have a dog that continues the same behavior. Your best bet is to make sure when the puppy is out you are watching him/her and that the floor is clean of everything but puppy safe toys. I highly recommend Kongs or nylabones. Good luck!
Boy, she is taking a big chance of having it obstruct the intestines and you are looking at a major surgery bill. I'd hide all the socks for the time being. It could be an expensive puppy sitting bill.
I am watching a Golden puppy who ate a sock at 5pm. She pooped at 5:30 and at 8 but no sock. Please help. What should we watch out for? She seems fine. She is napping as we speak.
Jennifer from New York
By Sally G.
A few days later during a bowel movement (he pooped a little) he yelped and cried and ran around in a squat position while trying to "bite" his behind. Finally after a minute of that, he continued to poop. I didn't get a chance to look very closely at the bowel movement because I was comforting my puppy. My husband came home and picked up all the poop from the yard so I never got a chance to look at it. Anyone know why this happened. I assumed he pooped out something he ate. (04/15/2008)
Allie, our German Short hair, is 8 + years old. Socks were her thing. The baby and child socks. That was her thing. Down the batch. Yes, they poop them out. You watch for about 2 days of pooping, they will show up. If you have doubt, give your dog some cooked squash or pumpkin. Acts as a laxative. Capturing the dog when she is stealing socks makes it worse, becomes a game. Too many orphan socks, so started buying the same ones.
She will steal Kleenex or even paper towels from the garbage. Loves the human contact on things. I hated it when she stole the baby's diapers. So they would go out to the trash right away. Would also find her rummaging through the laundry to find someone's socks, especially if it were 'her master'. When the middle son would visit (he brought her home originally, I set the rules, I became the master), we have behaviors cause she misses him.
At her age, I don't want to uproot her to live with him. They have a cat and I don't want to challenge who is boss. BUT she will go through the same behaviors each time. My dog needs a psych. Attachment disorder, and yet she has never been kenneled. Nosy little girl, she is. Right now laying at my feet. Follows me around all the time. My grandchildren's protector/babysitter as well. A real MAMA (never had pups). (10/06/2009)
Another thing, Allie took the mucinex off the table I set there to give the little girls. Yes, that is an expectorant. Yes, she kept throwing up around the house. Did not know why until I found the wrapper behind the couch. My dog also opens drawers, the oven, back door, cupboards. Helps herself to what she wants. Also takes dishes out of the sink to clean them up. Often carries them up the stairs to my bedroom. Shares with the master. Child locks are on for her. (10/06/2009)
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