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VPI: Jellyfish One Of ‘Most Unusual Ingested Objects’ By Pets

Posted: December 14, 2010, 7:40 p.m., EDT


A jellyfish was among Veterinary Pet Insurance’s “60 Most Unusual Ingested Objects” for 2010. The list was derived from the company’s nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion claims for the year.

Some dogs and cats eat way more than just pet food, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance’s “60 Most Unusual Ingested Objects” for 2010. The list, which included oddities such as jellyfish, jumper cables and a rosary crucifix, was derived from the company’s nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion claims for the year.

Some pets ate multiple unusual items, such as the one that ingested an estrogen patch and a make-up brush.

Socks, hand towels, sticks and rocks were among the more common foreign objects found in dogs and cats during the year, according to the Brea, Calif.-based company.

Collectively, VPI policyholders spent almost $3 million treating pets that ingested such foreign objects.

VPI’s 60 most unusual ingested objects, in random order, are:

  1. jellyfish
  2. glue
  3. estrogen patch / make-up brush
  4. tube of denture adhesive
  5. dead poisoned vole
  6. bikini
  7. ink pen
  8. plastic nose from teddy bear
  9. magnetic purse clasps
  10. baseball
  11. glass Christmas ornament
  12. hearing aid
  13. bed sheet
  14. box of pencils
  15. popsicle stick
  16. avocado pit
  17. dental floss
  18. coffee filter / coffee grounds
  19. fishhook
  20. pain relief tablet / B.B. pellet / highlighter
  21. tent door
  22. toy squeaker
  23. watch
  24. 16 steel wool pads
  25. pseudoephedrine / sponge / snail poison / tampon
  26. 20 cherry pits
  27. light bulb
  28. barbecue brush
  29. Frisbee
  30. jumper cables
  31. razor blades
  32. uncooked rice (1 pound)
  33. wallpaper paste
  34. squirrel
  35. balloon ribbons
  36. bird (whole)
  37. butter / sand
  38. deer antler (partial)
  39. extension cord
  40. leash / three sticks of butter
  41. pin cushion
  42. portion of wool rug
  43. tobacco
  44. TV remote control
  45. 10 quarters / one penny / one Canadian coin / three arcade tokens
  46. foot-long submarine sandwich
  47. fire log
  48. wooden toy train
  49. pine cone
  50. round chew bone (whole)
  51. caulk
  52. eye glasses
  53. money (paper)
  54. oil-soaked dirt
  55. sand
  56. rosary crucifix
  57. 25 to 30 soiled diapers
  58. bath bubble mix
  59. bathtub cleaner / outdoor plants
  60. duck bone

VPI noted that all pets made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible expenses.


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