So good to know. I don't even want to think about how horrible it would be to lose one of mine right in front of my eyes.
Thanks so much for writing this, Toni.
How to Save a Choking Pet
One of the saddest things that can happen to you is losing a pet especially when you feel helpless because you don’t know what to do to save it.
When a friend lost her dog because he was choking on a toy and she had no idea what to do; I thought about what we do for people. The Heimlich Maneuver works with people- Why wouldn’t it work with pets?
In researching the idea, I found lots of information and videos on how to do a Heimlich on dogs and even on cats. There are several things to be cautious with when performing it on your pet.
Before you start administering the Heimlich, make sure you’re dog is actually choking and not just having difficulty breathing; remove collars, harnesses or
any object around the pet’s neck.
Do not place your hand down your pet's throat and pull any object you
feel. Dogs have small bones that support the base of their tongues.
Do not attempt to remove an object unless you know what it is. If the object is still there:
- Grasp your dog around the waist and place your fists beneath his last ribs.
- With your hands in position, deliver three firm abdominal compressions and release them quickly.
- Check your dog's mouth again for any foreign body that may have been
dislodged. If found, remove it. If your dog is still choking, you may repeat this process up to three times.
If this doesn’t work and you’re unable to remove the obstruction with the above, take your pet to the nearest veterinary emergency room.
If you're able to successfully remove the obstruction, re-assess your dog's breathing. If your dog is not moving air, perform mouth to mouth resuscitation on your dog. Make sure you see the veterinarian as quickly as possible to assess any damage to the throat or esophagus
Be cautious with the Heimlich Maneuver; there is the potential for broken ribs when performing it.
Video for Cat Heimlich Maneuver
There is a lot of information out there about Heimlich for animals. Perhaps it would be best to ask your own vet to show you how to do it next time your pet is in for a check-up: before anything happens.
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