How to save a dog

How to save a dog, There is a lot of first aid advice widely available on how to save a choking child or adult, but much less for dogs.

However, knowing what to do and being able to hold your head in this type of emergency can be just as effective for dogs as people can, and all dog owners should learn the basics of what to do and most importantly, do if something like this happens.

What to do to save a choking dog


A choking dog will have something lodged in its windpipe or throat that is blocking the airway and removing that the object quickly and successfully is key to rescuing the dog.

This is easier with help, but if you are alone, stand behind the dog with your dog confined between your legs, and insert the thumb and forefinger into either side of the mouth to open it.

Some dogs with particularly powerful jaws may be difficult or impossible to take off, such as the Staffordshire bull terrier.

It is a good idea to start training your dog when he is young, to allow people to open their mouths without fuss.

Once the mouth is open, look down the throat to see if the obstruction is visible.

A friend with a torch is good for this, and you have to light the flame in the mouth to try to spot the obstruction.

If you can see the object in question and grasp it without pushing it further down the throat, reach for it and pull it out.

Don't risk doing this if you think there's a chance you won't be able to control it, or worse yet, push it down in the throat.

It is worth noting that canine teeth, especially those in a worn dog's mouth, are very sharp.

You may run the risk of injury when you do this, and in the end, it is up to you to decide what to do.


If you cannot see the blockage


If you cannot see the blockage in the throat or are not confident that you can remove it without pushing it down the throat any further, you will need to take a different approach.

With your dog in a standing position, stand behind him, and lock your hands together under the stomach.

Lift your dog at the back end sharply, leaving the front legs on the ground.

It is hoped that this will impede the move forward and/or withdrawal, but this may not be sufficient on its own.

While the back end of your dog is off the ground, use the heel of your hand to firmly bend over your dog's back, between the shoulder blades, to try to dislodge the body.

If this is still ineffective, move your clenched hand toward the bottom of the rib cage, locking your hands into a single fist, and use this to apply severe pressure to the bottom of the ribs several times, to expel the air through the trachea and hopefully remove the object.

How much push you need depends on the size of your dog and how sensitive he is; Sharp movements may break the ribs, and this, of course, should be avoided.

However, if pushed, broken ribs can heal, and suffocation is the most urgent and life-threatening problem.

If the dog loses consciousness


If your dog exits and your efforts have not yet proven successful, you will now have a very short window of time in which the dog can be rescued, during which it will likely suffer from hypoxia.

While your dog is unconscious, you will have another opportunity to reach its mouth, without your dog coming back.

Get to the mouth again and do everything in your power to get to the foreign body. At this point, pushing the body down the throat is a risk for you to take, as you are running out of better options.

If the dog stops breathing completely while the object is still in the throat, it is very unlikely that CPR will be effective, as you simply will not be able to get air into the dog.

Focus on removing the object by any means necessary, and then revive your dog if possible as soon as possible with CPR.

After the accident

If you assume that you have successfully removed the object that was suffocating your dog while the dog is still alive, it is important to take it to the vet immediately to have the dog examined, in case there is any further damage or there is anything left in the throat.

These steps are not an easy way to save a choking dog, but they can increase the chances of survival, so make sure you understand what you should do in an emergency, and are confident you will do so.

Causes of dog poisoning

The statistics describe the cases of poisoning that dogs are exposed to, saying that out of 100 dogs, 87 dogs are poisoned and this is for various reasons:

Your dog may be exposed while walking to pick up food waste, and dogs may also breathe beside the litter as they search for food due to hunger or your pet may eat a poor-quality or expired product.

In addition to the danger of chemicals that harm everyone, fertilizers, as well as various medicinal preparations.

Types of dog poisoning

The first: food poisoning, which is toxic substances that can enter your body through the esophagus, such as eating spoiled materials or chemicals present anywhere in the home or medical drugs.

The second: non-food poisoning, which is when toxins penetrate through the skin or the respiratory system into the body from the inside and this type includes various bites from poisonous insects or snakes or inhalation of harmful gases and fumes that poison his body.


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