Any foreign-body obstruction in a puppy’s airway is an emergency. The first step is to remove the object if possible. If you can see the object and it is not lodged too deeply, try to remove it with your fingers. Be very careful not to push it further down the throat. If you cannot remove the object, or if your puppy starts to turn blue, take him to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital immediately. If you cannot transport him yourself, call 911 for assistance.
When it comes to our beloved furry friends, we want to do everything in our power to keep them safe and healthy. That includes knowing how to save them from choking. Choking is a real danger for puppies, as they tend to put everything in their mouths. But with a little knowledge and preparation, you can easily save your puppy’s life if they start to choke.
The first thing you need to do is stay calm. It can be easy to panic in an emergency situation, but it’s important to remain calm and think clearly. If you’re too upset, you won’t be able to help your puppy effectively.
What to do if your puppy starts choking
Choking hazards for puppies include small toys, pieces of food, and anything else that can fit entirely into their mouths. If you think your puppy is choking on something, open their mouth and check to see if you can spot the object.
If your puppy starts choking, the first thing you should do is remain calm. It is important not to panic, as this will only make the situation worse.
Next, assess the situation. Is your puppy truly choking, or are they just coughing and hacking? If they’re coughing and hacking, they may be able to dislodge the object on their own. But if they’re truly choking, they won’t be able to breathe, and their tongue will start to turn blue.
If this is the case, you will need to act quickly to dislodge the object causing the blockage. Swallowing hard can sometimes help to dislodge the object. You can also try using your fingers to sweep the object out of their mouth. Be very careful not to push it further down their esophagus!
How to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a puppy
If your puppy is truly choking, you will need to perform the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object.
First, pick up your puppy and hold him close to your body with his back against your stomach.
Next, make a fist with one hand and place it just below their rib cage.
Then, use your other hand to grab your fist and thrust it upward into their stomach with quick, sharp movements.
You should continue this until the object is dislodged and your puppy can breathe again. The lungs are very delicate, so be sure to use gentle thrusts so you don’t injure your puppy. Observe the breathing and color of your pet’s tongue.
If you’re unable to dislodge the object using the Heimlich maneuver, you will need to take your puppy to the vet immediately. They will be able to use special instruments to safely remove the object and save your puppy’s life.
What Causes Choking in Puppies?
The risk of choking is highest in puppies who are still exploring the world and everything in it. They’re curious and want to put everything in their mouths, which can easily lead to them swallowing something they shouldn’t.
It’s important to be aware of the dangers and take steps to prevent your puppy from choking.
One of the best ways to prevent choking is to closely supervise your puppy when they’re playing. If they start to chew on something that could be dangerous, take it away from them immediately.
It’s also important to make sure that your puppy is eating properly. Puppies tend to gulp their food down without chewing, which can lead to choking. To prevent this, make sure to give them small pieces of food that they can easily chew and swallow.
You should also avoid giving your puppy hard foods, like bones, that could easily get stuck in their throat.
By taking these precautions, you can help to prevent your puppy from choking. But if they do start to choke, now you know how to save them.