Friday, September 26, 2008

Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs

My humans want everyone to know what to do if their dog starts to choke on something, like a piece of rawhide, or a meatball. Several years ago, before I was born, my vet-human was working at a small vet clinic one day, when a frantic man came running in, carrying his English bull dog. The dog's tongue was purple and she was dead. After my partner had confirmed the fact that this beautiful dog had passed away, the dog's distraught owner said that he had given her a meatball--something that he had done many times before, and she had started to choke. Not knowing what to do, he had rushed her to the vet clinic, but it was too late by the time they had arrived.

Here is what to do if your dog happens to choke:


Chris said...

Thanks for the advice Ginny!

Last night Zoey, my 3 1/2 month old Siberian Husky, starting making a strange noise. I went over to her and saw that something was stuck in her throat. I grabbed onto what ended up being the top of a 6 inch piece of rawhide and pulled it out of her throat. Fortunately I recognized it in time. It scared me to death though!

I have been leaving these bones in her crate at night when I/we go to bed and will never do that again! I bookmarked the link in the case of another emergency, thanks again!

LucyS said...

I am so glad to hear that there was a happy ending. Thank you for your post.

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