Worst-Case Scenarios Involving Our Loved Ones Are Always Scary, But When They Involve a Pet, We Often Feel Very Helpless and At a Loss.
What will you do if your pet has difficulty breathing or starts choking? These are questions that can feel so overwhelming in the moment and that’s why it is important to think about how to respond if it actually does happen.
When Tragedy Strikes
The best way to take care of a potential pet tragedy is to prepare for it before it ever happens. One of the most common experiences that many pet owners will face is a choking dog. If you are confused about what you may do if you see your favorite animal choking, worry no more. Taking some time to go over the steps to prevent choking and mapping out a plan for an actual choking scenario may just save your dog’s life.
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If you are ever in a situation where your pet is in danger, the first thing you must do is stay calm. Keeping a level head during any stressful situation will help you keep control of everything. If you don’t actually know the Heimlich maneuver, now is a great time to go over these steps. You want to make sure that you will be able to perform the necessary actions without thinking.
Taking Action in an Emergency
Once you are aware of the proper procedure to aid a choking dog, you will want to perform it as needed. First, identify if you can remove the object from your dog’s throat on your own. If this doesn’t work, use back blows to the dog’s back to dislodge anything that is blocking their breathing. If this fails, immediately go to the Heimlich.
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