A choking dog is nothing to ignore. Dogs are curious animals and tend to eat many things within their reach, regardless of whether it hurts them or not. They often swallow objects that can get stuck in their trachea, obstruct their airways, choke them, and even kill them. For that reason, we must be attentive and know what to do when something like this occurs.
As their owners, we must know and prepare ourselves to help our dogs, so we bring you an introductory guide to the Heimlich maneuver to save your dog’s life.
Signs of a choking dog
One of the most evident signs of a choking dog is the constant panting with the neck and head stretched; therefore, the animal tries to unclog the trachea.
Besides, you can see that your dog has an evident anxiety attack caused by the lack of oxygen. It can lead to the weakening and fainting of our beloved pet.
Another prevalent symptom that you need to save your dog’s life is coughing. When a dog coughs, it releases whatever is in its throats (only if they do not suffer from some other disease).
What to do when your dog is choking?
A word of warning. You must be careful while trying to open your dog’s jaw. Even if your dog is docile, it could bite you in a moment of desperation; hold the dog securely while you do it.
Before performing the Heimlich maneuver, you must rule out the possibility that the object is within our reach to remove it.
Try to do the procedure accompanied so that one person holds the dog and the other person tries to remove the object.
Do it as follows:
- Open your dog’s mouth with your hands.
- Push the tongue down a little to visualize the entrance of the throat.
- If you can see the object, try to grab it and pull it out with your fingers.
- If the object is a bone, you should take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Attempting to remove it on your own can seriously injure your pet.
- If you see the object but cannot remove it, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
How to do the Heimlich maneuver for dogs?
Suppose your dog is choking and you cannot see the object after checking the animal’s mouth, then you should proceed with the Heimlich maneuver for dogs.
- You must stand behind your dog’s back.
- Wrap your arms around the dog; place your hands in a fist position on the soft part of its abdomen, below the last rib.
- Now push upwards about 4-5 times quickly and firmly, and then check if the object came out.
- If the thing does not come off, repeat the maneuver 3 or 4 times and contact your veterinarian immediately.
- If it is a small dog, you will use only your knuckles to pressure instead of placing the hands on a fist.
Remember that this is an introductory guide to applying the Heimlich maneuver to save your dog’s life. If you do not notice an improvement during a choking situation, you must look for a veterinarian for assistance immediately.