Over the years I’ve answered a lot of questions about fish-swallowed hooks, hooks lodged in fish jaws and other areas, and what to do about them. Most times, if removing the hook will obviously cause more damage, the answer is to cut the line close as possible to the hook eye, then release the fish if it’s not destined for the table. There are many studies that show hooks dissolving in fish stomachs, hooks actually passing through stomach walls, through sides of fish, where they sloughed off along with scar tissue, leaving the fish swimming grandly. OK, so how about animals that scoff a baited hook—and swallow it? How about our favorite dog?
If you’re a dog person, you know the unbelievable things they can consume without (mostly) ill effects. I had a Lab that used to eat the kids’ toy soldiers and trucks, and once ate a needle and long thread. Had a shorthair that regularly ate the allegedly poisonous leaves from one of my wife’s plants. We took her to the vet who didn’t think much of it, even after the dog foamed at the mouth for awhile. After the third episode the dog no longer foamed and the plant turned bonsai and grew miniature leaves to render itself less showy. Then there’s the story of the Jack Russell named Candy, owned by Elwyn and Sylvia Thomas.
Candy grabbed a baited hook just as Elwyn was about to cast. And she swallowed it in good shape. An X-Ray showed the two-inch hook lodged in the dog’s stomach, but the vet suggested something other than surgery—banana sandwiches. Soft, high-fiber food usually does the trick, the vet allowed. Sure enough, two days later nature took its course and the problem was solved.
“Candy proudly brought the hook to the back door to show us,” said owner Thomas.
Ever have a fishin’ dog incident yourself?