Dogs tummy was chock full of socks!
Dogs tummy was chock full of socks! This X-ray shows the dogs stomach. The socks the dog ate appear at left after they were removed (AP photos)
Dogs tummy was chock full of socks!
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A 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable when its owners took him to an emergency animal hospital.

X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer. The dog had consumed 43 1/2 socks.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history. So strange that the hospital entered a contest sponsored by the vet magazine, Veterinary Practice News, and won a prize.

Fittingly enough, the contest is called "They Ate WHAT?"

The $1,500 first-place winner was a Plano, Texas, animal hospital that treated an exotic frog that ate more than 30 small ornamental rocks from its cage.

The Portland hospital's entry summary says the Great Dane went home a day after surgery.

Tom Hallman Jr. of described the Great Dane's symptoms this way. Imagine eating, he said, five large pizzas in one sitting.

During the surgery, Hallman reported that the vet must have thought she was working in a department store as she pulled out sock after sock after sock.

In the end, Dr. Magee removed 43 1/2 socks. No one knows what happened to the other half sock.

The Portland hospital won $500 for second place in the contest. The money will help low-income people pay for vet bills.

Critical thinking challenge: What could have happened to the other half of sock?

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  • elenam00
    9/08/2014 - 10:42 a.m.

    I think that's crazy that it ate that many socks! I would have never thought the Great Dane would have been okay, but I'm glad it is!

  • Michelle7213
    9/08/2014 - 10:42 a.m.

    That is crazy! I could never imagine my medium sized dog get socks, whole! My mind is blown. I wish I was there for when the surgery took place so I could see how the socks were pulled out.

  • saman123saman
    9/08/2014 - 10:44 a.m.

    I feel bad for the dog because he ate all those socks. the dog must've been really hungry. I think the owner of the dog is not responsible enough to take care of a dog.

  • arnela1973
    9/08/2014 - 10:47 a.m.

    Wow a 3 year old Great Dane who swallowed 43 1/2 socks that's insane! I think what happened to the other socks was that either they got digested or the 3 year old Great Dane chewed them in half and they got digested.

  • Kandace O.
    9/08/2014 - 10:48 a.m.

    I just wonder how this dog ate so many socks.....was he extremely hungry or something? It's just weird how he consumed 43 and a 1/2 socks. Poor dog. At least he survived the surgery and was ok.

  • AlexB.48
    9/08/2014 - 10:53 a.m.

    This dog must've been hungry to eat 43 1/2 socks (I actually think it was 44 socks and one of them just digested half way). It's a good thing that the dog is ok and I think its sweet that a money prize is given, but that can go haywire. There are some people out there who are mean enough to force feed their animal foreign material just to get the money prize, so the money prize thing can go either way.

  • kennnedyy3
    9/08/2014 - 10:55 a.m.

    This is completely shocking, but I can't believe a dog could do that! in this article it show pictures of the sock, and they don't even look digested! I'm so glad that the dog is in good condition and is okay health wise.

  • tanya22604
    9/08/2014 - 10:58 a.m.

    Poor dog. But how did it get into the sock drawer? I think it was chewing on the sock and did not eat the other half. Maybe, who knows?

  • jschenck041001
    9/08/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    I think if the dogs a in side dog he could have ate the socks and just ate half one day because he wasn't feeling good. I hope the dog is ok and doesn't eat anymore socks.

  • WV2001TacoBelll
    9/08/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    I think that the other half of the sock is somewhere at the house and the dog only ate half of the sock the other house may be hidden

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