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                                                      Choking and Resuscitation

If a dog is having trouble breathing and it also is accompanied by coughing or gagging, it may be a sign that an air passage is blocked. Check for an object lodged in the dog's throat. It should be removed very carefully, so as to not push it back farther. If the object cannot be extracted, then try The Heimlich Method (see below). If the cause cannot be found or removed, then immediate professional help is necessary. If the dog faints, the object will have to be removed right away to reopen the airway. Open the mouth, take hold of the neck in back of the object and apply enough pressure to the throat to keep the object from passing down while you hook it with your fingers. Work it loose as quickly as possible, then administer artificial respiration. 

Prevention: Avoid giving your dog a hard rubber ball, chicken bones or long bones that splinter easily. 

The Heimlich Method

To dislodge foreign matter from your dog's larynx

- Important - 

The following steps should only be considered if you are unable to get the dog to vet IMMEDIATELY. Just prior to, or while you are performing any form of artificial respiration, have someone summon help immediately.

Place your dog on its side and, using both hands palms down, apply quick thrusts to the abdomen just below the dog's last rib. If the dog won't lie down, grasp either side of the rib cage and squeeze in short thrusts. Make a sharp enough movement to cause the air in the lungs to force the object out. 

ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION

- Important - 

The following steps should only be considered if the dog is choking, has stopped breathing, the heart has stopped, and only if you are unable to get the dog to vet IMMEDIATELY. Just prior or while you are performing any form of artificial respiration, get someone to summon help immediately.

CHEST COMPRESSION

This is an emergency procedure that is used to restore breathing in an unconscious dog. 

Feel for pulse or heartbeat.

Open mouth and clear away secretions. Check for a foreign body. If found, remove carefully, if possible. 
If impossible to reach, execute The Heimlich Method. 

Lay the dog on a flat surface with the dog right side down
Place both hands on the chest and press down sharply. Release quickly. If properly performed, you should be able to hear air moving in and out. If you can't, proceed with mouth - to - nose resuscitation ( see below).

MOUTH - TO - NOSE RESUSCITATION

Mouth - To - Nose Resuscitation is to be used when Chest Compression (see above) is ineffective, or when the chest is injured. For best results, combine Heart Massage (see below) with Mouth -To - Nose Resuscitation (see below).This will require two people, one to administer heart massage and the other to give mouth - to - nose breathing. 

Perform steps one and 2 in chest compression. ( 1- Feel for pulse or heartbeat 2- Open mouth and clear away secretions. Check for a foreign body. If found, remove carefully, if possible. If impossible to reach, execute The Heimlich Method. See below ) 

Pull the tongue forward and close the mouth. Seal the lips with your hand. 

Place your mouth over the dog's nose and with a larger dog, blow steadily for three seconds. In a smaller dog, blowing briefly three times should be sufficient. The chest will expand. Release to let the air come back out. 

Continue until the dog breathes on his/her own, or as long as the heart beats. 

HEART MASSAGE
Heart Massage by itself provides for both movement of air and pumping of blood. For best results, combine Heart Massage with Mouth -to - Nose Resuscitation (see above). This will require two people, one to administer heart massage and the other to give mouth - to - nose breathing. 

Steps in Small Dogs and Puppies:
 

Perform steps one and 2 in chest compression. ( 1- Feel for pulse or heartbeat 2- Open mouth and clear away secretions. Check for a foreign body. If found, remove carefully, if possible. If impossible to reach, execute The Heimlich Method. ) 

Lay the dog on its right side. Place your thumb on one side of the sternum and your fingers on the other, just behind the dog's front left elbow. 

Compress the chest firmly six times. Wait five seconds to let the chest expand; then repeat.

Continue until the heart beats on its own, or for five minutes. 
Steps in Larger Dogs:

Perform steps one and 2 in chest compression. ( 1- Feel for pulse or heartbeat 2- Open mouth and clear away secretions. Check for a foreign body. If found, remove carefully, if possible. If impossible to reach, execute The Heimlich Method. ) 

Lay the dog on its right side on a flat surface. 
Place the heel of your hand on the rib cage just behind the dog's left elbow. 
Compress the chest firmly six times. Wait five seconds to let the chest expand; then repeat. 
Continue until the heart beats on its own, or for five minutes.

 

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