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      X-rays show crazy things pet eat

      Veterinary Practice News X-Ray contest

      If you have a pet, you know how much mischief they can get into, and so do veterinarians.

      Every year, the Veterinary Practice News magazine holds a contest for the best x-rays that show unusual items found in pets' tummies. If you think dogs are the only pets that eat weird things, you're totally wrong.

      This year's entrants included a kitten that ate a toy alien figure, a bearded dragon that ate a miniature banana from a Barbie Dream House, and a frog named Kermit that ate more than 30 small ornamental rocks.

      The Paws and Claws Animal Hospital in Plano Texas won this year's first place award with an x-ray that showed the heap of rocks in Kermit the frog's stomach.

      Three Florida vet clinics were also honored for their x-rays, including New Port Richey's Animal Emergency of Pasco, who performed surgery on a dog named "Woof" who ate five rubber duckies, a toy truck tire and a piece of another toy.

      Apparently, the pets included in this year's batch of winners did not have as expensive taste as in previous years.

      "We had no diamond rings this year," said Veterinary Practice News Editor Marilyn Iturri. She says during one previous year, pets ate diamond rings valued at $10,000 and $15,000.

      But, this year's contest did bring some unusual entries, including a dog that ate an amazing number of socks.

      "Dogs eat clothing, but 43 and 1/2 socks is a new record," said Iturri.

      "It is amazing. Just when you think you've seen it all, you see something new."