Strangest Things Dogs Have Ever Eaten
Some dogs just want to watch the world burn. Or at least that's what it feels like when you're driving to the emergency vet at 2 a.m. because they decided a tube sock would make a good midnight snack.
Dogs eat the strangest things. These are the weirdest things dogs have eaten. And don't worry. They all survived. But these pooches really put their owners through the wringer.
Medicated Soap and a Sponge
Some dogs hate everything about baths: the water, soap, and the sponge that they're subjected to.
One dog owner, Reddit user SardonicKiller, found out the weird way about how his golden felt about baths. She had demodectic mites and was losing fur on her face. The vet gave them a special soap to bathe the dog in.
"The dog ends up finding the sponge and eating it. An hour later she quite literally drinks 2 full bowls of water and eats her dinner then falls asleep for about ten hours," they write.
"She wakes up the next morning. I take her out. She takes the biggest dump [I've] ever seen her take and is fine. A week later the mites are gone."
$23,000 Wedding and Engagement Rings
A labrador in Tulsa, Oklahoma, might have had marriage on the mind when she went for a stupid snack.
The dog, Sierra, snatched a diamond engagement ring and a wedding band from the table and swallowed them. Together, they cost $23,000.
Sierra had to go through surgery. While operating, the veterinary surgeon found a couple of rocks along with the much more expensive gemstone and wedding band. The surgery was successful.
Aloe vera is great for treating abrasions in humans and can be used as a dog shampoo, but you need to get it out of the plant leaves.
One dog didn't get that message.
"My sister's dog ate a couple leaves off my aloe plant," says darkofroses on Reddit. "He was fine, but watching him poop a 5 inch aloe leaf (dogs can't digest it) was equal parts pitiful/painful looking and funny. He won't go near my plants anymore."
Crayons aren't toxic, but you probably shouldn't eat them. But at least there's an upside.
One Reddit user, Shloop_Shloop_Splat, says their dog ate "[a]n entire box of giant glitter crayons. The **** in the yard was fabulous for awhile."
Just remember: Not all that glitters is gold.
Birth Control Pills
One dog couldn't decide whether he wanted to be an only child or have some new people to play with.
Yoschwa writes on Reddit that their dog ate "An entire month of my wife's birth control pills. And he was a male dog. When the vet stopped laughing, she said watch him for any weird reactions, but he never had any."
Later, the dog seemed to have a change of heart about having a bigger family.
"He ate an ovulation detector kit a few years later, so I'm not sure if he wanted us to have kids or not."
We've seen a whole bunch of people being grossed out that their dogs are munching on cicadas. Which is fair, because they crunch. Gross.
But here's the good news: This 17-year treat is generally OK to eat, if it's done in moderation.
If they eat too many of the bugs, they might get digestive issues.
Baby Jesus and Holy Mary
Is this dog sacrilegious or just really enthusiastic about Jesus and the Holy Mother?
Masculine_McManlyman says their dog chomped on "a picture of baby Jesus and the holy Mary. I mean, I was expecting him to get struck by lightning at least. But nope, that ************ [pooped] out partially-digested JC like a champ."
A $700 Watch
A dog owner in England only found his missing watch after his dog started beeping.
"At first I thought he was lying on it," Terry Morgan told the BBC. "Only when I rolled him over did I realize it was inside him. The watch was always set to go off at ten-fifty-five to remind me to call last orders. Luckily, I'd never bothered to change it."
Even luckier, the dog hacked up the £500 (roughly $700) timepiece, so the little guy didn't need surgery. Although he did cost the owner a few hundred bucks for an X-ray, just to make sure he hadn't swallowed anything else.
A Big Bag of Weed
Pot use is becoming widely accepted, but dogs should still just say "no" to drugs. Sometimes they say yes, though.
One pet owner, CyranosaurusBergerex, owned a dog that ate "a huge bag of weed" one night.
"He had trouble judging distances for a few hours (I've never seen a full grown dog step off a curb that carefully) and kept asking to go outside, but was happy as a pig in **** and completely fine," they wrote on Reddit. In fact, it seems like the dog might have enjoyed his experience.
"I felt like **** about it and am now far more careful about where I leave things, but the only lasting effect is that he now begs when I smoke."
The war on drugs even failed dogs.
A Stick ... Which Came Out in a Weird Way
Dogs eating sticks isn't unusual, but it's more about which end of the dog the stick came out of. And it's not the end you're thinking of.
One Reddit user, Tatterdemalion__, discussed their rescue pug named Beau. After coming home one day, they found him stumbling around, sneezing and itching his head.
"These are serious sneezes. I mean. He was basically propelling himself backwards with the sheer force of his constant pug-sneezing." Concerned, the pet owner scheduled a vet appointment the following day.
But it wasn't necessary.
"[I]mmediately after I hang up the phone, Beau sneezes a freakin' two-inch long stick out of his nose. Keep in mind his head is the size of a softball. He must have eaten it and it had gotten stuck in his sinuses. After sneezing it up, he just happily trotted away as if nothing happened. Even the vet said there was nothing up. Imagine sneezing a two-inch stick out of your nose and just walking it off. Holy crap."
A Grapefruit, After Peeling It
"I used to have a Dalmatian that would pick grapefruits off of our tree, meticulously peel them with her teeth, and eat them. Not dangerous, but strange as hell," writes bulletm on Reddit.
Which is exceptionally strange. But according to the owner, "She loved it! They were particularly delicious grapefruits."
Half of an AA Battery
Dogs have enough energy, but some are looking for an extra-dangerous way to get more pep in their paws.
One chihuahua owner, whose pet had "an iron stomach" devoured "half of a AA battery."
"I don't know where she got the battery, but I couldn't get it away from her before she ate the thing whole," writes mitchell_z on Reddit. "She was fine. She also jumped onto a chair in the kitchen and took off with an entire pork chop without anyone noticing."
An Entire Trailer
This one comes from Quora, where Melanie Chevalier recounts the time that her pit, Dodger, ate a six-foot by 12-foot trailer — the kind you load up with goods and hitch to a big truck.
"He started on the corners. Ours had lights down low. He ate the lights off. He then worked his way around to the sides. He chewed the chrome. Every spot that you see that could have a dog mouth around it - he chewed it," she said. "He chewed on the electric wiring for the turn signals. He basically made it entirely illegal to hitch it to our truck to drive it about."
The kicker? The trailer was parked in the backyard, where no sane person would think that it could be used as a chew toy.
Chevalier went on to recall some of the other things that dog chewed, which included their entire sprinkler piping system and their barbecue grill.
"All in all, I am really not sure how he is still alive," she said.
Four Pizza Doughs
Hey, what's better than pizza? It depends on your taste, but it is most definitely not raw pizza dough.
But one dog got a little enthusiastic about the would-be dinners.
"My dog ate four raw pizza doughs that were rising, that we had left on the counter," says nickobrien3 on Reddit.
That wasn't the only problem.
"The pizza dough apparently had risen in her stomach too, so she was drunk from the alcohol. Not a fun night, to say the least."
A Wedding Cake
Bella, a black Lab, got really excited for her owners' big day. It was their wedding day, ensuring they'd be taking care of Bella, together, forever.
She was so excited that she helped herself to their three-tiered wedding cake. And, of course, it was chocolate on the inside.
Luckily, Bella was fine. And a replacement cake saved the day.
Maybe this bully breed just wanted to smile like his owner?
"I have a denture after getting some teeth knocked out by a doorknob-sized brass hydraulic fitting," writes BnL4L on Reddit. "One day before work I left it on the kitchen table some how my bulldog nosed a chair out and climbed onto the table to eat my false teeth."
From their next comment, we can theorize on how those false fittings came out. "One could say that decision really came back to bite him in the ***."
Dogs like trips in the car, not in the head. But sometimes accidents happen.
Junkyarms was at work when he saw his roommate and a roommate's friend laying on the floor with his dog. Moondog, as he was aptly named, had just eaten a quarter ounce of magic mushrooms.
"The shrooms were in the bottom of a vase covered with random papers and what not. He seeked [sic] them out and ate the whole bag."
While waiting for the vet to call back, "Moondog stood up when I got there and just started peeing right in front of me. He just sat there with me on the edge of the universe for the next few hours. He did great! Turns out the vet told us that dogs metabolize mushrooms much quicker than humans so what would have made me trip out for 12 or so hours only lasted about 5 for him. (It was 12 years ago, so my memory is not perfect)," he writes.
"He came up on the couch and we bonded for awhile. He hadn't slept in the bed with me for a year or so and he started back up after that night. This was the second time this happened."
While we can't verify if a dog trip is over in a flash, we can verify that magic mushrooms are, generally, not lethal to dogs.
Some dogs love chickens. One loved them a little too much.
"When we got our dog we also had chickens," writes CatSaysMu on Reddit. "The dog loved the chickens and would herd them. But, for some reason, thought the wire screen from the chicken coop would be a good snack."
Luckily, the dog was OK.
"She threw up and I thought for sure we'd be to the vet for serious problems because she chewed up and ate a large section. But she was fine."
Three Feet of Tinsel
If you've ever seen Britain during Christmas time, you know they go all-out with decorations.
That's great in almost every way, except for curious dogs.
Dexter, a Great Dane, managed to scarf down a three-foot line of furry tinsel. Luckily, the owners rushed him to the vet after seeing signs of sickness, and the tinsel was extracted without complication — it hadn't even made it to the intestines yet.
Dexter went home the same day.
A $300 Pound Cake
Dogs like cake just as much as, if not more, than humans. So it's a good idea to keep the sweet treat away from prying snouts.
One Reddit user, adcas, had a boxer named Lina who "managed to eat an entire pound cake."
And it wasn't just any old pound cake.
"This was a medical grade pot pound cake, and she was so stoned that she ACTUALLY slept through an entire Fourth of July. Cool that she slept through it, but that cake was like three hundred dollars with of pot that did not belong to me."
It's a good thing she was cute, too. "I'm shocked that the pot head it DID belong to didn't kill her," they write.
$500 in Cash
During a drive in 2013, a 12-year-old golden retriever named Sundance pounced on the opportunity to see what it would be like to have some money.
While his owners left the car for a moment, Sundance popped open a cubbyhole and chowed down on five, $100 bills.
The owner waited for the bills to exit Sundance's sunset area, then tried to get the torn-up cash replaced by the U.S. government.
A Tub of Vaseline
Dogs can take a liking to the strangest things. One doggo took a shine to Vaseline.
"I used to keep a tub of it next to my bed because I would use it as Chapstick at night," writes dehartma on Reddit. "She stole the tub and hid it under my parents' bed, then got the lid off and would just keep going back and eating it over a period of time."
So not only did this dog figure out she liked petroleum jelly. She went ahead and took it to a safe spot, where her owners wouldn't interfere with her daily snacks.
"I thought I had misplaced the tub, and aside from some loose stools here and there we had no idea until my mom cleaned out the underside of their bed and found the tub."
Hey, if it comes off of you, it can't be that bad. Right?
According to trenchknife on Reddit, their German shorthair "tore a hunk of flesh off his side on an exposed bolt on his kennel — the hunk of skin & hair then fell off the bolt and the dog ate it."
Waste not, want not?
Another Reddit user, Borntobear, recalled the antics of a dachshund they used to own. She would turn hiking trips into nightmare fuel.
"[W]henever we would go hiking in the mountains, she would eat every lemming she laid her eyes on. Which some years would mean 5-10 lemmings a day.
Now lemmings are peculiar in that they scream this hauntingly desperate scream when eaten, so our adorable little dachs quickly turned into a ravenous monster in the eyes of the family."
This one comes from Frank, who commented on our Always Pets Facebook page.
"A pair of reading glasses left on my nightstand. He ate one lens, and part of the frame."
Maybe he was jealous of the attention all those books were getting?
Trading Cards and a My Buddy Doll
Reddit user Spookier_than_you had a dog that really hates the 1980s. They said their dog ate "an entire set of Gremlins trading cards from 1984" and also destroyed a My Buddy doll.
Luckily, those aren't worth that much. It's only about $50 worth of collectibles.
A Razor Blade
It really can be shocking just how many dangerous things dogs can eat, but still manage to be fine.
This story on Reddit comes from -edgar-, who recalled a friend's dog, a golden named Happy. He is described thusly, "Happy was a really friendly, and lovable dog, but he also had the habit of eating things that he should not eat."
In other words, he was like most dogs. But his digestive track made him lucky as well.
"One day he managed to eat a razor blade; they found out he had done this after he had passed it one day. My friend and his family were worried, he might have internal damage, so they took him to the vet. They did an x-ray and the vet said everything seemed okay."
Imagine finding a razor blade in your poor pooch's poop.
If you're unfamiliar with what a poopsicle is, it's exactly what it sounds like: frozen dog poo.
Reddit user Benzoro says they had a dog who dropped a deuce, buried it in the frozen ground, and then came back to it for a snack later.
"I had a dog who did the same thing," replied da8588. "I never saw her eat a turd in the summer, but come winter she was all over the frozen ones."
Well of course. Who would want to eat poo on a hot summer day?
A Very Long Rope
"My old roommate's dog ate a rope once. Like 15 ft. of it. Whole," recalled IronSlanginRed on Reddit. "Took us a minute to figure out what he was trying to do when he wanted to pass it."
This led to a very long and harrowing game of rope pulling. "Had to pull it out very slowly. 0/10 do not recommend."
Replying to another user who (rightly) said pulling out an obstruction from a dog's butt is extremely dangerous because it could snag the intestine, IronSlanginRed said, "I know. That's why we did it extremely gently. Over the course of about an hour."
Drywall and Wallpaper
All dogs love to chew on stuff, especially things like squeaker toys. But in the absence of anything that makes sense to chew on, some dogs will go for anything they can find — including the walls that contain it.
"Our pit bull has eaten through drywall and wallpaper out of a fit of boredom," recalled RugerDragon on Reddit. "We kept him in the washroom as a puppy, I guess we forgot to leave a toy with him once."
Dogs might eat through walls when left alone, anxiously trying to get back to their owners.
"He also has a weird liking for horse ****," they added.