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    What to do for a choking dog...

    We had a scare with Eddie today. He almost choked to death while eating grass. I wasn't with him at the time, my bf's mother was outside with him and related it to me later. She was outside grilling chicken and Eddie was munching on some grass. She heard him gagging and looked up and saw him stumbling around and then fall head first down the hill by our house. He was coughing, gagging and acting like he couldn't breathe. She went to him but didn't know what to do. Thankfully, he was able to clear his own airway and vomited up the grass on his own. The whole situation was terrifying and my bf's mom said she thought he was dying.

    I was practically in tears while she was telling me what happened. I almost lost my baby and still won't let him leave my side. It has got me to thinking about if it would happen again to Eddie or Uallis, I wouldn't know what to do either.

    Anyone have any experience with this or have any knowledge of what to do for a dog that is choking? Is there even anything we can do? I'm still really shaken up over it.

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    Re: What to do for a choking dog...

    When I worked for a Shar Pei breeder she had a 12 year old stud dog that always woofed down his food. One day when another worker was feeding the dogs she heard him chocking on his food and she said she did the Heimlich maneuver on him and it worked.

    I guess thats what you would do in that kind of situation.
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    First of all when a dog or a person is chocking DO NOT DO A THING WHILE THEY ARE COUGHING! Unfortunatly you have to wait till no air is going in or out of them. You will then do compressions on their side and the best person to show you how to do this is then vet. This is now the best time to go and have him/her to show you how while there isn't an emergency. I am happy that all turned out well and go to the vet to prevent any future problems.

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    Re: What to do for a choking dog...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen D View Post
    First of all when a dog or a person is chocking DO NOT DO A THING WHILE THEY ARE COUGHING! Unfortunatly you have to wait till no air is going in or out of them.
    Thats interesting, why is that? (I've never heard this before)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sillylilykitty View Post
    Thats interesting, why is that? (I've never heard this before)
    Because like a person if still coughing they are still breathing and if giving the Heimlich like a person you could kill them because they are not built the same. I was an EMT for 15yrs and trained for animals which is not the same. Which I do not want to give directions for it b/c it is better to have a vet do it. CPR is also done the same for cats and dogs so for you Sillylilykitty it would be good for you also to go to the vet. Good luck to all that want to help their animals!

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    Re: What to do for a choking dog...

    Quote Originally Posted by sillylilykitty View Post
    Thats interesting, why is that? (I've never heard this before)
    It's the same with humans--as long as you can cough, you can get air, so it's better to let the body's natural reflexes try to expel the object (which is what coughing does). Once you can't get air, you can't cough, and that's when the person or animal needs help to get the object out and get air.

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    Re: What to do for a choking dog...

    Quote Originally Posted by FriendsOfZoe View Post
    It's the same with humans--as long as you can cough, you can get air, so it's better to let the body's natural reflexes try to expel the object (which is what coughing does). Once you can't get air, you can't cough, and that's when the person or animal needs help to get the object out and get air.
    So just out of curiosity are you a vet and what do you do when a pet does pass out and does not breath?

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    When my guys eat grass they occassionally get a piece that causes them to gag. Their breathing is not obstructed- their gag reflex kicked in....although with Chazz, the drama queen, you'd think otherwise... just like humans.. maybe I'm wrong, but I don't panic. (My gag reflex has kicked in numerouse times and I'm still alive.) They work it out.. If they were chewing something that got lodged in their throat... that's a different story... I'd panic like hell. At this point I can't comment on what's right or wrong, although if someone was trained in animal cpr, I'd have to go with that..... but that's just me.

    I also know that there are courses out there geared specifically toward canine cpr. These courses are required by K9 Officers, although they are available to anyone. The next time one is offered in my area and it's feasible, I plan on going.


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    That is very interesting, hopefully I will be going to a vet office next week to get Tanzie spayed. I will try and remember to ask about this.
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    I know how to do the Heimlich maneuver just in case.

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    Re: What to do for a choking dog...

    Thanks for the info. I'm definitely going to ask my vet for some info on this. The whole incident scared me half to death and I just heard about it! I probably would have flipped completely out if I was actually there.

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