The Dog Who Loved to Eat Rocks – Buddy’s Foreign Body Ingestion

Buddy is a 2 year old chocolate labrador retriever who has a bad habit. He is obsessed with rocks. He loves them so much that he frequently carries them around in his mouth.

Unfortunately, he has also been known to swallow them.

So it was no surprise when Buddy came in to see Dr. Kovar with symptoms of vomiting and not eating, that his radiographs (x-rays) revealed multiple large rocks in his stomach. Not exactly the best way to get your minerals, Buddy!

We were able to remove a few by inducing vomiting, however surgery was required to remove the remaining rocks. It would have been too risky to wait and see if the rocks would pass because of the potential for a small intestinal obstruction. Buddy recovered uneventfully and was discharged the next day.

Unfortunately, we veterinarians see many cases of “foreign body” ingestion. Over the years, we have certainly seen some unusual items. We have removed sewing needles, carpet, underwear, corn cobs, racquet balls, socks, and plastic toys to name a few. Some pets are actually habitual offenders!

Our best advice? If your dog or cat does get into things and eat inappropriate objects, try to limit the exposure (yeah, we know, easier said than done!)


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Since 1954, Bothell Pet Hospital has been operating as an independent small animal hospital, providing primary veterinary care to cats and dogs in Bothell, Lake City, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Woodinville, Mill Creek, Kirkland, Brier, and other surrounding neighborhoods.
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3 Responses to The Dog Who Loved to Eat Rocks – Buddy’s Foreign Body Ingestion

  1. Pingback: The Dog Who Loved to Eat Rocks – Buddy’s Foreign Body Ingestion « A Veterinarian's Perspective

  2. Becky Rooney says:

    I have a one year old black lab – sweetest dog imaginable but NOT the brightest canine that has graced this planet! He is a rock eater also and I am wondering if putting a muzzle on him when he is running around the yard would help. I have over 5 acres and it seems ridiculous to keep him on a leash all the time at home; he loves to run as fast as he can when he is playing outside and that is extremely good for him! Does the danger of eating rocks exceed the benefit of him running hard and getting some of his puppy ya-ya’s out? –your devoted 21 years and counting animal loving dog (and horse) owner customer, – Becky

    • Becky, sorry for the delayed response. If he is eating rocks regularly when exercising outdoors, have you considered getting him some sort of muzzle? A mesh screen basket muzzle should prevent him from getting even the smaller rocks in his mouth, while still allowing him to run around freely…

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