EDMOND, Okla. – Dovey the Shar Pei is cute and extremely cuddly. However, some items have gone missing over the past few months when she is around- pacifiers in particular.
“We have a 6-month-old baby and, you know, we have binkies in the house because of the baby and over the past five months, we’ve been missing many binkies,” said Scott Rogers.
Rogers and his wife figured the binkies were lost in the usual places like restaurants or in between couch cushions. As it turns out, they were hiding in Dovey’s stomach.
“She’s been eating and drinking and playing and acting normal up until just recently,” Rogers said.
A few days ago, Dovey began throwing up and was losing weight. Her family rushed her to the vet, where she underwent an x-ray.
“These are all the sides of the binkies and if you look right here, there’s one that’s straight on,” said Dr. Chris Rispoli, with Gentle Care Animal Hospital. “They’re too big to go through the GI tract, so we decided we had to open her up and get them out. And they just kept coming out and we ended up with 21 of them.”
Dovey is well on her way to recovery, and Dr. Rispoli is warning dog owners about the dangers of dogs eating the wrong thing.
“We’ve had corn cobs and socks and panties and things like that, but never 21 binkies,” said Dr. Rispoli.
He says dog parents aren’t always to blame because dogs often have access to places their owners don’t think about. In this case, Dovey was taking the binkies from a counter she could reach.
“When their eating habits change, when the way they act changes, get them seen right away,” said Rogers.
“The best thing to do with any dog at home that eats anything is to pick everything up,” said Dr. Rispoli.