Great Dane eats 43.5 socks

Last updated 13:32, September 5 2014
SOCK LOVER: This Great Dane ate so many socks he needed surgery to remove all 43.5 of them.

SOCK LOVER: This Great Dane ate so many socks he needed surgery to remove all 43.5 of them.

A 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when his owners rushed him to a northwest Portland 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 43.5 socks.

STOMACH PAINS: An x-ray shows over 40 socks in the stomach of a Great Dane.

STOMACH PAINS: An x-ray shows over 40 socks in the stomach of a Great Dane.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history, The Oregonian reported.

So strange that the hospital entered last February's tale, complete with X-rays, in an annual contest sponsored by the vet magazine, Veterinary Practice News, and won a prize.

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

DIRTY LAUNDRY: The 43.5 socks that were surgically removed from a Great Dane.

DIRTY LAUNDRY: The 43.5 socks that were surgically removed from a Great Dane.

Even stranger. The US$1500 (NZ$1800) 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 DoveLewis entry summary said the Great Dane was discharged home a day after surgery.

Harch said the owners aren't available for comment but she confirmed the dog is alive.

No word on what he's eaten lately.

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