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I’ve plucked everything from underwear to fishing tackle from the inside of pets’ intestinal tracts. In fact, there seems to be no end to what pets will indiscriminately consume when given half a chance (though the range is admittedly limited by object size). 

To that end, here’s one pet insurance company’s list of the top 10 non-food foreign body findings by way of cautionary tale (it’s not only life-threatening, it’s expensive to get these out!):

  1. Socks
  2. Underwear
  3. Panty Hose
  4. Rocks
  5. Balls
  6. Chew Toys
  7. Corn Cobs
  8. Bones
  9. Hair Ties/Ribbons
  10. Sticks

Great list! But mine would also include all manner of garbage fixin's (think aluminum foil, plastic wrappers, egg containers, tampons, plastic containers, etc.). I’ve taken out towels and holiday decorations, flip flop soles, and yoga mat segments. I once even got a whole huge Koosh ball. And it wasn’t pretty.

So here’s where I urge you to pet-proof your home. Foreign bodies are not fun. After all, bellyaches, poor appetites, and vomiting are only the tip of the iceberg. Complete obstructions are fatal if they’re not adequately treated. Keep it in mind as you evaluate your home for possible items of interest. 

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