For Small Dogs and Puppies Less Than 30 Pounds (14 kg):
For Medium/Large Dogs Over 30 Pounds (14 kg):
The steps are the same as for small dogs/puppies, except:
Pet are like 4 legged children - they like to pick things up and put them in their mouth that they shouldn't!
Common Household Chocking Hazards:
Removing the Object from the Pet's Throat:
1. Use a towel to wrap your pet; or have someone help restrain your pet
2. Open your pet's mouth gently
3. See if you can easily remove the object with your fingers
4. Proceed with Heimlech maneuver (see below)
5. Follow up immediately with a Veterinarian as there may be damage to the mouth or esophagus
For cats who have a length of twine, string, tinsel or ribbon stuck:
Unless it slides out like a wet spaghetti noodle, do NOT pull it. This means it is deep into the GI tract. Trying to pull it could cause a rupture. Take your cat immediately to the Veterinarian or an after hours Emergency Clinic.
Heimlech Maneuver for Cats (see below for Dogs)
1. Lay the cat on its side and place your hand on its back
2. Place your other hand on the belly just below the ribs
3. Using your hand on its belly, give several sharp pushes in and up
4. Check its mouth for the hazard and remove
5. Close the mouth and give a couple of small breaths through the nose
6. Repeat until the airway is completely clear
7. Follow up immediately with a Veterinarian
If the cat is still not breathing check for a heartbeat or pulse. If none can be found, begin CPR.
Heimlech Maneuver for Dogs:
1. If the dog is small, lay the dog on its back and apply pressure to the abdomen just below the rib cage.
2. If the dog is large, put your arms around its belly, joining your hands. Make a fist and push firmly up and forward, just behind the rib cage. Place the dog on its side afterward.
3. If the dog is already lying on its side, place one hand on the back and use the other hand to squeeze the abdomen up and toward the spine.
4. Check the dog's mouth and remove any objects that may have been dislodged using the precautions described above.
If the dog is still not breathing check for a heartbeat or pulse. If none can be found, begin CPR.
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