What to do if your dog is choking?

April 13, 2012

It can be extremely scary to see your dog all of sudden go into a fit of coughing after chewing on that broken bone. The best thing to do in this situation is to not panic. Panicking never solved anything, just remain calm and follow a few simple steps.

The first thing you shouldn’t do is get your fingers anywhere near the dog’s mouth. Not only is the dog in an uncontrollable state, but it’s upset and fingers going into its mouth means thats just a few more objects that could get trapped down there.

Your dog will try to vomit up the object or try removing the object that is embedded in its throat with its own paws. Vomiting can be effective but the paws usually never work. The best thing you can do for your pet is to do the Heimlich Maneuver.

Depending on the size of your dog will determine exactly where you place your arms and the amount of force you exert, but the principal is about the same. Place your arms around the chest of the dog making a fist with one hand. Take your other hand and place it firmly on top of the other. Now that you have that done make sure that both hands are wedged just above the dog’s stomach and below it’s chest. Now, just like with the regular maneuver, thrust your fist inwards and upwards multiple times to try and dislodge the object. If after performing the Heimlich Maneuver your dog is not breathing. You should immediately start artificial respiratioon and or even CPR if the animal has no pulse. Also seek immediate medical attention.

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