So what about the heimlich?? Is there a method for doing that on dogs, in her circumstance? What do you do if the dog is choking, but fully conscious.
UGH that is so scary. I don't even know if I would be able to do these things on a person. Thank god I'd never been in that situation. But I panic easily, and I'd be so nervous and probably freaking out. Such a bad quality!! I would NOT do well in a tragedy.
I posted a new thread with video in Health & Behavior forumHere you go:
Only perform the Heimlich Maneuver if you could not remove the object from your dog's airway.
- Turn her upside down, with her back against your chest. If she's large and/or heavy, you may need someone to help you hold her.
- Wrap your arms around her, just below the rib cage (since you're holding her upside down, it's above the rib cage, in the abdomen). Grasp your fist with your other hand.
- Using both arms, give five (5) sharp thrusts to the abdomen. The thrusts should feel like quick bear hugs. Perform all five as if each one is the one that will force the object from her airway.
- After the five thrusts, check her mouth and airway for the object. If you see it, remove it and give two more mouth-to-nose ventilations. If the breaths still do not go in, or feel restricted, repeat from Step 1, above.B-Breathing
Once you have cleared her airway and given the two rescue breaths, check whether your dog is breathing. If she is breathing effectively, you can now perform dog CPR. If she is not breathing, or her breathing is labored, focus on helping her breathe first.
Perform Dog CPR - Save a Canine Life
- If her tongue has rolled into the back of her mouth, pull it straight out of her mouth to open the airway.
- Ensure that her neck is straight by bringing the head in line with the neck. If she's suffering from head or neck trauma, do not over-straighten the neck.
- Give her 12 breaths per minute, one (1) every five (5) seconds. Each breath only needs to make her chest just rise. Do not over inflate the lungs, especially in a small dog.
- If the breaths do not go in, return to A-Airway and A-Heimlich Maneuver.If the breaths go in properly, proceed to C-Circulation and begin dog CPR. Continue the breathing support if it is still, or becomes, necessary
Ahh that is so good to know. thanks for sharing your experiences. Great thread btw......:thumbsup: I freak out too, but I bet I could do it if I had to.I know at one point my rescue squad was doing a course on pet first aid. I am an EMT and I was actually shocked to see they had dog oxygen masks on the truck with different muzzle sizes (even a small one for our little babies)