2022 They Ate What?! X-ray Contest winners

They Ate This: Check out the winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions


Trips to the veterinarian are not particularly my dog Oreo’s favorite thing to do. Thankfully, in her 11 years, she had not gone for anything serious. Once, we had to go for a checkup after a three-day bout with a cough, and her X-ray showed she had fluid in her lungs. The veterinarian had Oreo take antibiotics for two weeks to solve the problem, and my senior dog was back on her feet in no time.

That was Oreo’s first time undergoing an X-ray, which to me remains my dog’s most eventful trip to the vet. However, seeing this year’s entries to the They Ate What?! contest, I see it was not as eventful as I thought. Apparently, there are far more interesting, er, mind-boggling matters radiographs can reveal! Cases in point: cute ornaments, hard-rock objects, and kitchen tools, to name a few.

As they say, seeing is believing. Check out these rads and tales from veterinarians, ranked by our team of judges, from amusing to amusingly absurd.

This year’s winner received a $500 VISA gift card from contest sponsor Sedecal, and has their case immortalized on these pages.

Cast your votes

Voting for the People’s Choice Award runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30. Browse through the entries to cast your votes! One random—and very lucky!—voter will receive a $500 gift card from contest sponsor Sedecal. The entrant with the most People’s Choice Awards will receive an annual subscription to VPN Plus+, our premier membership site.

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Contest judges

  • Marty Becker, DVM
  • Kendra Freeman, DVM, MS, DACVS (large animal); DACVS (small animal)
  • John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC
  • Douglas Mader, MS, DVM, DABVP
  • Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA
  • Michael Petty, DVM, DAAPM, CVPP, CCRT
  • Holly Sawyer, DVM
  • Seth Wallack, DVM, DACVR

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