Dogs chew on everything: toys, shoes, socks, bones. You name it, they’ll put it in their mouths. While chewing has a lot of physical and emotional benefits – it helps fight tooth decay, keeps dogs busy, relieves tension and stress – if left unsupervised, chewing can be very dangerous.
If your pet began choking or suddenly fell unconscious, would you know how to react? Don’t worry, many pet parents don’t. We’re here to help!
During an emergency, the first step is to breathe. It is very important to remain calm; your dog can sense your unease, which will raise stress levels and decrease the chance of a positive outcome.
The second recommended step is to quickly call an emergency vet. After talking them through the specific series of events, your veterinarian may be able to provide vital information regarding next your dog’s care.
But, of course, there are times when taking matters into your own hands may be the only way to save your pet’s life.
What to watch for:
If your dog is choking, look for signs of shortness of breath and panic. Some dogs will paw at their mouth if something is lodged in their throat, while others may cough violently, wheeze, or gasp.
If you witness any of these vital warning signs, give your dog a moment to work it out themselves. Then, proceed to immediate care and the Heimlich Maneuver.
Immediate care & The Heimlich Maneuver:
After assessing the situation and determining that your dog needs a help, immediately begin following the 9 steps outlined in TruDog’s life-saving infographic: