Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a Dog

It’s bound to happen sometime. Your pooch swallows a bone and starts choking. Lucky for you the Heimlich maneuver works on dogs, and you can take action to save your best friend.

Make sure your dog is really choking. Dogs eat weird stuff all the time and get things caught in their throat. Usually with some coughing and hacking, they can dislodge the object themselves. If your dog can cough effectively, leave him alone and let him do his thing. When he hacks up whatever was bothering him, give him a reassuring pat on the head.

If your dog doesn’t cough, but is instead pawing at his face, throat, and generally acting panicked, he might need some help getting whatever is stuck in his gullet out.

Check the mouth. Look inside your dog’s mouth for the obstruction. If you can see it, try to pull it out with your fingers. Don’t confuse the small bones in a dog’s throat for the foreign object. Pulling those will injure your dog.

Nothing going on here...just a man giving his dog the Heimlich
Doggy Heimlich maneuver. 

1. Stand behind your dog and grasp him around the waist.

2. Place your fist just below the ribcage and give five quick thrusts.

3. Take your dog to the vet even if you get the object out. He’ll need to be examined to see if there were any internal injuries.

This was taken from: http://artofmanliness.com/2011/08/15/how-to-perform-the-heimlich-maneuver-in-6-different-situations/

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