My Dog Ate Ankle Sock What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 03/14/23 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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Dogs are notorious for eating a wide variety of things, including ankle socks! Why on earth would a dog eat a sock? It’s anyone’s guess! Perhaps the sock smelled like you or one of your family. The dog may have been playing with the sock and accidentally swallowed it, and more. But what happens if a dog eats an ankle sock?

Has your dog eaten an ankle sock? Are you worried that the ankle sock will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about ankle socks and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What are Ankle Socks?

Ankle socks are short socks that usually come to your ankle. They’re made for adults and kids, men & women, and more. These socks are pretty popular for those doing sports, hiking, walking, and more. The socks are usually available in a wide range of colors, so you can match almost any clothes with your socks.

Materials used to make ankle socks are pretty much the same as for other socks. However, the socks may not be as thick as regular socks. You can find these socks made from cotton, cashmere, bamboo, and more.

While socks are considered safe for humans (when used as directed), what about dogs? What happens if a dog eats an ankle sock?

Ankle Socks & Dogs

Ankle socks can make a dog sick. However, it may depend on the size of the sock and the size of your dog. For instance, if you have a medium-sized dog who eats your baby’s ankle sock or even your ankle sock, there’s a chance the sock may go through your dog’s digestive tract without a problem. In that case, the sock may eventually show up in your dog’s poop. It can take 3-5 days for the sock to make it out the other end.

However, if a small dog ate an adult’s ankle sock, there’s a possibility he could develop a condition called intestinal blockage. An intestinal blockage can happen anywhere along the digestive tract; the sock becomes lodged and will not pass through on its own. The dog can become pretty sick.

What to Do If Your Dog’s Eaten an Ankle Sock

So, if you have a dog that’s eaten an ankle sock and it hasn’t come out the other end, it’s best to call the vet. The vet may run x-rays to see where the sock is located and whether it may pass on its own. If the sock is really stuck, the vet may perform surgery to remove the ankle sock and repair any damage it may have caused.

And if you’re not sure what to do, it’s best to call your vet. They will have the best advice on what you need to do to help your dog!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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