Dogs are occasionally infamous for eating some pretty odd things that they find around the house. However, while most limit their intake to a pair of underwear here and maybe even a sock, one Labrador in Pennsylvania had a whole stockpile locked away in her stomach.
The Labrador, named Tiki, was taken into the her veterinarian's office in Mars, Pennsylvania for an exploratory surgery after she was no longer eating and proved unresponsive to medication to help her vomiting and diarrhea. The veterinarian had taken an X-Ray of her stomach where he noticed a large mass.
Tiki's surgeon, Doctor Ibrahim, compared the operation more akin to a magician pulling out a long string of scarves from his sleeve. Doctor Ibrahim managed to pull out 62 hair ties, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog's stomach. He speculated that the dog had eaten all of them within the span of the past few days.
Tiki's owner, Sara Weiss, states that this is not Tiki's first tangle with foreign objects. In the past she ate a plastic foam dart, but it passed through her system naturally.
There is no real reason as to why some dogs can't get enough of eating foreign objects. Some dogs prefer some items opposed to others, but all foreign objects are dangerous. The best prevention is to identify what they like to try to eat and make sure to always keep it out of their reach. If a dog does manage to scarf down something foreign, a trip to the veterinarian is recommended immediately. Dogs will start to show signs within a day after eating a foreign objects including: vomiting, gagging, painful abdomen, lack of appetite, lethargy, and a change to the bowels that includes diarrhea or constipation. These can be warning signs for a number of other problems as well, so it is best to get the dog checked out regardless.