Some tips to help provide for your pet’s well-being
Dogs aren’t terribly selective about food and other objects they gulp down—particularly if they’re allowed to roam the neighborhood. Not that cats and other household pets are flawless in choosing what they swallow. Virtually all species, from time to time, guzzle unsuitable foodstuff. But when that seemingly edible morsel turns out to contain a risky bone or a chunk of solid matter that won’t go down or come back up, emergency measures are called for.
When choking, your pet will probably signal his difficulty by coughing, making choking sounds, or pawing at the mouth. Do your best to keep the animal calm until you can get him to a veterinarian. But use caution—a choking pet is more likely to bite in its panic.
Carefully look into the animal’s mouth. If you see the obstruction, gently try to remove it with tweezers, being careful not to push the object further down the throat. If it’s not easy to reach, don’t delay in getting your pet to the vet.
If the animal collapses, place both hands on the side of his rib cage and apply firm quick pressure, or lay your pet on its side and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand three or four times to sharply push air out of the lungs and expel the object. Keep repeating this until the object is dislodged or until you arrive at the veterinarian’s office.