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Surgery on ailing dog yields 43½ socks

This X-ray of a dog showed that it consumed a number of socks.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital/AP

This X-ray of a dog showed that it consumed a number of socks.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.

It was something he ate!

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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 ½ socks.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it’s perhaps the strangest case in the hospital’s history, The Oregonian reported (http://is.gd/Zb55C9).

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?’’

Even stranger. 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 DoveLewis entry summary says the Great Dane was discharged home a day after surgery. Harch says the owners aren’t available for comment but she confirms the dog is alive. No word on what he’s eaten lately.

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