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Dear Daisy Dog

Our 7-month-old flat-coated retriever ate my wife’s wool glove five days ago. She also ate my wife’s undergarments a while back, but she vomited them up within a couple of days. Will the wool glove come up too, or will it get digested completely? What should we do?

Daisy Responds

My sister Molly, the last dog to use the pen name Daisy Dog, occasionally chewed Mom’s cotton underwear into small pieces.

Sometimes, she swallowed the pieces, which eventually came out in her bowel movements.

When the lawn tractor mowed over her excrement, the blade shredded the underwear pieces, scattering white confetti across the yard.

Like cotton – and hair, too – wool isn’t broken down by stomach acid and digestive enzymes.

So, if your wife’s wool glove is small and thin, it might pass the same way my mom’s underwear did.

If not, your dog may throw it up – as she has done with your wife’s undergarments in the past.

If she vomits but doesn’t bring up the glove, or if she loses her appetite or energy, make an appointment with your veterinarian for x-rays to determine where the glove is stuck.

Then your vet can retrieve the glove surgically or with an endoscope.

Update: The retriever vomited the glove two weeks after she ate it. A week later, she threw up another glove, which her family didn’t realize was missing.

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