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Surgery on ailing Great Dane reveals cause of stomach upset: 43-1/2 socks

This photo provided by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, shows an X-ray of the 3-year-old Great Dane which had consumed more than 40 socks. DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch says it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history.

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This photo provided by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, shows an X-ray of the 3-year-old Great Dane which had consumed more than 40 socks. DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch says it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history. (DOVELEWIS EMERGENCY ANIMAL HOSPITAL / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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.

X-rays showed a stomach full of foreign material. After nearly two hours of surgery, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had consumed 43 1/2 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 ).

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.

The DoveLewis says the Great Dane was sent home a day after surgery, and is still alive. There was no word on what he's eaten lately.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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