5 month old black Labrador ate a sock on Halloween, been 4 days and hasn’t pooped it out. Advice?

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  1. Panda_ash

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    My 5 month old black Labrador named Raven is literally a vacuum. Me and my fiancé are very vigilant when it comes to her, on Halloween she snatched one of my socks (a size 6 1/2 cotton pink ankle sock) as I was getting ready for the day, I didn’t notice until it was too late and when I went to go grab the socks. I noticed she coward under the bed and by the time I knew it I couldn’t find the sock on the floor or in her mouth. I knew she swallowed it at that point. I called her vet and she advised me to use the hydrogen peroxide method. Raven did not throw up at all. Her vet then advised me the wait and see method, her vet was confident she would pass it naturally. Raven has NOT been lethargic what so ever. She’s been acting, pooping, eating, drinking and playing normally. I’ve been giving her canned pumpkin and been giving her belly massages However it’s been 4 days now and I haven’t seen anything that resembles a sock in her poop, I’ve checked every single one of her poops. We don’t have funds to take her to the vet right now and it will be a few weeks maybe till we do. im asking for advice, how long will it take for her to pass the sock? Some of my family says it can take as little as two days to a couple weeks, as long as she’s acting normal she is perfectly fine. She’s my baby and I love her to the moon and back, please no harsh or negative comments, like I said we can’t afford to take her to the vet nor take on a pet care credit card right now and will be awhile till we are able too. I’m praying that she passes it soon if she has not already.
     
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    Very sorry to hear you are going through such a scare. I hope Raven continues to show reassuring signs as you monitor her.

    I have zero expertise in the medical aspect of your situation, but there may come a point where medical attention is an absolute need for your dog, whether it be for eating this sock or anything else that may happen unexpectedly. For this reason, it's important for your dog's health to know what to do in an emergency situation. Although an owner's financial situation may make decisions for your dog's health more difficult, I think a more proactive thought process weighing all the risks and alternatives can make a scary situation more manageable.

    Like I said, the need for medical attention can arise unexpectedly, just like in humans. Knowing what you are going to do in that situation means you won't have to spend time figuring it all out only after a time-sensitive emergency begins, and it might ease the anxiety in the meantime. Hopefully that time never comes.

    I would start by calling your vet and explaining your situation. Your vet might have some good advice or some good options to suggest that you aren't considering. If you have 24-hour emergency veterinary clinics in your area, I'd call them, too. If you don't know of any, your vet likely does. I would absolutely get a cost estimate so you know more specifically what the cost is you don't think you're able to meet, if you haven't done so already. In other words, the more time you spend worrying is more time wasted on not reaching out to others in your area who may be willing and able to help you to create workable options. That's just one opinion. Wishing you and Raven all the best.
     
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    Ah, the pup that ate the sock! In the scheme of things, four days isn't that long for the sock to make a reappearance. Being pink it shouldn't be that difficult to spot. :)
    The important thing is that she is acting normally. Active, bright, eating and drinking well. As long as that continues I am sure she will be fine, the sock may just need a few days to work through the system.
    It is good that you were able to talk to the vet on the phone and get some advice. It might be an idea sooner rather than later to build up funds to support an emergency or discuss a funding proposal with your vet in advance.
     
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    Sock apppear yet? It should, but if she is acting normal and still having normal bowel movements then I wouldn’t stress too much yet. You’re vet is very nice to consult over the phone. Where I live it’s “bring her in” so they can charge you.
     
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    Our dog ate many a sock/stuffed animals in the first year. Usually, she would throw up something soft approx. 10 days -2 weeks after eating. The first two times we spend a lot of money to x-ray and induce vomiting (she threw up a cloth we had never seen before, along with the stuffed animal we saw her gulp down!). I think you do need to induce vomiting very soon after it has been eaten to be effective. Quinn has never pooped out anything weird she swallowed, always vomited. As long as she is eating, drinking and pooping normally it should reappear at some point. If anything changes and she appears lethargic, you will need to get her to the vet immediately in case of blockage. Fingers crossed it appears soon!
     
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    I had to wait 5 weeks once for something my boy ate to reappear, he threw it up. As long as she is being herself then I wouldn’t worry. It will come out eventually, one way or the other o_O
     
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    Not a sock, but Coco will chomp down kelp stems if he gets a chance - turns out they are indigestible and tend to make an appearance 7 days later. At around 5am. I have to clean up chunky sick, in the buff, at 5am. Good job I love him unconditionally.
     
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    Update! 12-8-18, two or three days ago Raven pooped out the whole sock! Color was a pale pink lol. But the sock was intact and in one big poop! (I know it’s gross but so happy right now!) my fiancé was picking up her poop today before a party we’re having today and a few days ago he told me that she pooped a long big poop, in the poop was the sock! Lol. I appreciated everyone’s advice and I hope this doesn’t happen again but if unfortunately it does, I know what to do, and we took her to the vet a week ago and vet said she couldn’t see a sock in her x rays. So we didn’t know if and when she finally pooped it out! Me and my fiancé are so happy she pooped it out!
     
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  9. WillowA

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    Are you really sure she has swallowed the sock.
    It will be a medical emergency if she starts to vomit has diarrhea and a swollen painful tummy these symptoms are a blockage or partial blockage.
    If you notice any of these syptoms or lethargy take her straight to the vet as her life will depend on it.
    If you take her to the vet and let them feel her tummy they will be able to check she is not in pain and shouldn't cost alot for a check up.
     

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