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How to Save a Choking Dog's Life

Updated on March 21, 2016
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Dr. Mark is a small animal veterinarian. He works mostly with dogs and exotic animals.

Roll the lips over the top canine teeth before reaching into the mouth. This deters the dog from biting down.
Roll the lips over the top canine teeth before reaching into the mouth. This deters the dog from biting down.

How to Save Your Dog's Life

If your dog is choking, and you want to save his life, you do not have time to look in the phone book for the name of the closest emergency vet.

This is what you need to do to save a choking dog:

  • Open your dog's mouth, being sure to roll the fleshy part of his muzzle over his canine teeth. Doing this means if the dog bites down, he will put pressure on his own skin, so he will be unlikely to close his mouth.
  • If you have someone with you, tell that person to shine a flashlight down into the dog's mouth.
  • If you see the object your dog is choking on, just reach in and pull it out. (If you think this is gross, get over it. Dog spit washes off.) If you cannot see it, you are unlikely to get it out and may push it down even deeper by trying.
  • If you cannot see the object, move around behind your dog, put your hands underneath his belly, and lift him up, leaving his front feet on the ground. (See photo below.) (If you have another person with you, they should hold the dog's head because this is uncomfortable and the dog may try to bite.)
  • You can also try striking your dog on the back (between the shoulder blades) with the flat of your hand.
  • Keep checking the dog's mouth to see if the object has been dislodged and you can grab it.
  • If your dog is still pawing at his mouth and choking, you can move your hands up from his belly to his solar plexus (where his abdomen stops and his rib cage starts, on the midline). Clasp your hands together like a fist and pull up, hard, three times. (Unless you have a small dog, in which case you want to use just a few fingers so that you will not break his ribs.) If nothing happens, do it three times, again.

Note: Do not follow the bad advice given at other websites and stick a pair of pliers or tweezers down in your dog´s mouth. If he jerks his head when you are shoving a foreign object down his throat, you may end up cutting his mouth or puncturing his larynx. Lacerations in the mouth bleed profusely and sometimes do not stop. If you damage his larynx, he may not be able to breathe.

Note: There is a chance you will be bitten trying to save your dog´s life. You will have to do what you think is right—I cannot make this decision for you.

Reach in and pull the object out if you can see it.
Reach in and pull the object out if you can see it.

If You Can't Dislodge the Object

  • If the object still will not come out, and your dog loses consciousness, you must reach down and find the obstruction. At this point don't stop to worry about pushing the object further down his throat. If you are not able to clear your dog´s airway, he will probably die.
  • If your dog stops breathing, you have a small chance of getting him going again. Even if his heart stops beating, he still has little chance of making it. CPR will not usually keep a patient alive; despite what you may have seen in movies or on TV, it only works in about 5-10% of humans, and it works even less for dogs. However, CPR will restore partial blood flow until the heart can be started again, so if you live close to an emergency clinic, you have a chance to get him there before your dog suffers serious and permanent brain damage.

Lift your dog up by the abdomen to help him spit up the object.
Lift your dog up by the abdomen to help him spit up the object.

Training Your Dog to Allow a Mouth Inspection

If you haven't trained your dog to feel comfortable having his mouth inspected, you'll have trouble helping him stop choking. If you have not already trained your dog to allow this, you need to do so right away.

If your dog is still young, read this article on training your puppy to be handled.

If you have a Presa Canario or one of the other large breeds with strong jaws, training may be impossible, but you should try to use classical counterconditioning to get your dog used to being handled.

What to Do After You've Cleared the Object

Unless you live next door to an emergency clinic that never closes, you need to keep a first aid kit on hand and learn how to take care of choking and other problems yourself.

One tool that I recommend every dog owner keep on hand is a stethoscope. They are inexpensive and easy to become familiar with. Take a look at the stethoscope here or look for one at a local pet superstore.

Even if you are comfortable listening to your dog´s normal chest sounds, be sure to take your dog to an emergency vet after the incident is over. His mouth may be scratched up, larynx damaged, ribs may be broken, and he may have even vomited and aspirated (which will lead to pneumonia).

After the incident, take your dog to the vet to check for fluid on the lungs.
After the incident, take your dog to the vet to check for fluid on the lungs.

How to Prevent Your Dog from Choking

The only way to prevent this from ever happening is to remove all of your dog´s toys, feed her only small kibble or wet food, make sure she never gets a bone, and remove everything but the walls and floor from your house. In other words, it's not possible.

If choking does happen, though, do everything you can to avoid your dog losing consciousness and collapsing. Even if I were to be bitten reaching down my dog´s throat, I think her life is worth it. I hope you feel the same about your dog.

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      Gloria 16 months ago

      Thank you so much for your post on choking. My Westie stopped breathing and went limp as I tried to dislodge a piece of pork cutting off her airway. I had no other choice but to reach down beyond the obstruction to lift it out. Thanks to your information, I was able to save her. I took her to the pet er and they gave her a clean bill of health.

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      Constance Caron 19 months ago

      Not only does my dog bark excessively. Also, has severe crying, howling loud when I leave for appointments I am disabled so I am home every day with her. When it cool I take her with me she patiently waits in the car. I live in Arizona so not to many cool days.

      Kindest regards,

      Constance

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      shiloahshouse 19 months ago

      I love how everyone here says they wouldnt hesitate to do anything to save their baby and how much they love them.. i hope everyone reads this.. please give your dog something else to chew on besides rawhide.. goggle it and see what you come up with .. they are poison not to mention dogs choke on them easily... when i found out what was in rawhide chews i never again gave them to my babies..a while ago my cocker spaniel was eating one and started choking.. i just reacted.. shoved my hand down his throat and grabbed it..it took hrs for my heart to calm down.. when you almost lose your baby right in front of your eyes its a nightmare...especially something as simple as watching what your dog eats and what you give them to eat...have a glorious day and dont forget to give your baby a kiss goodnight... everynight..yes....

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      Sheila 20 months ago

      You should always keep some Charcoal biscuits on hand.a friends dog liked some anti freeze and he fed him some biscuits and by the time he got to the vet he was better, the vet said it probably saved his life.

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      Carrie adams 23 months ago

      Thank you, i saved my toy poodle years ago by doing the HEIMLICH which is described here. He lived into his 17th year. No more steal8ng hard Christmas candy!

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      Laura 2 years ago

      I unfortunately gave my 15lb jack russell a piece of chicken that was too large for her one night. She began to choke, and being a healthcare worker, she gave me the classic sign of panic in the eyes and I knew I had to act fast. I pried her mouth open, couldn't see it and her eyes began to bug out more, I grabbed her and knelt down with her belly on my arm that was braced by my knee/leg and supported her head and neck with that arm's hand, gave her about 3 "back blows" with a flat hand (just as you are taught for a choking human infant), and it expelled the chicken. One of the biggest rushes I have ever had, especially since she is truly my baby. She was ok, but I felt horrible, but thankful for my human CPR training. The article says this tactic may not work, but it really does for small dogs when angled downward as you would with an infant

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      Alexis 2 years ago

      Thank you SO MUCH for posting these instructions. My dogs are my kids and I would do anything to save them. Thank you again!

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Clare, it would work on cats too but they are much harder to hold on to. To keep them still when doing a procedure like opening the mouth, you usually have to scruff them, so you do not have one hand to open the mouth and the other to reach in with. Most cats would need two people to do this, but if it were my cat and he were choking I would definitely try to help.

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      Clare 2 years ago

      Do you think this would work on cats, if you treated them as small dogs?

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks Dan, I certainly would not hesitate! I apprecitate the comment.

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      Dan Lema 2 years ago from Tanzania

      This is very interesting hub, very informative and useful....i don't think someone who wants to save their dogs life would think twice doing these tips. At this point nothing is disgusting to save a man's bestfriend's life. You can go so far for your most loyal friend......thanks for the tips; great hub!!

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      Batwing 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I have a collie x springer called bailey and he likes to chew and swallow everything! He has only 1 toy he can't destroy and that's his kong, so I ration out bones, chews and toys or he would demolish them all at once, you would be amazed what I find when picking up his number 2s, bits of plastic and everything. He swallowed an ice lolly stick whole once and I was concerned it would cause a blockage, I followed advice I found online and fed him 5 slices of bread to move it through the digestive tract, it came out whole the next day thankfully. If you haven't done one already I would like to see an article on the dangers of mould. My dog has eaten plenty things he shouldn't and always been fine, but he ate a mouldy loaf he dragged from the bin, it had turned completely to mould, it had been in the bin for about a week, and he had toxic poisoning, never seen him act so strange, shaking violently and looking around weirdly, luckily I managed to get him to be sick and fed him lots of water to keep getting more to come up and he was right as rain within 24hrs, but that was the scariest night of my life, I thought I was going to lose him. It is worth keeping something in your medicine cabinet that will make a dog sick. I thought I knew everything that dogs couldn't eat but had never heard of mould being so dangerous, it can cause fits, overheating and even death. He has to be watched like a hawk, and my hands are always in his mouth trying to get back things he's stolen so I feel quite safe putting my hands in, I wouldn't even hesitate.

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      Mark 2 years ago

      One other way not mentioned here is to glide your fingers up the throat, towards the mouth. That way you might push the obstruction upwards from the OUTSIDE.

      Has been done before, by a vet. So you basically squeeze his throat underneath the obstruction, then glide up, still squeezing. that can help push the object up.

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      Tracy A. 3 years ago

      This just happened to my dog. I just instinctively put my hand down his throat and pulled out the piece of black walnut hull (that he picked up off the ground) out of his throat, and yes my hand was covered in thick slimy dog slobber and my other hand had teeth marks where he was trying to bite down as I was trying to keep his mouth pried open. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had to to save his life again.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I am glad things worked out for both of you!

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      Solaras 3 years ago

      My dogs "inhale" their food, they are so anxious to consume it. Tonight my precious Cave really did inhale his food, and your article on how to save a choking dog saved him.

      I was feeding the dogs, and heard a heavy wheezing sound. Cave was making quick short breaths with a high wheezing gasp. I pulled Cave out of his crate, and gave him the doggie Heimlich maneuver that you recommended, then he coughed several times, swallowed heavily and stopped wheezing.

      I don't know what I would have done if I had not read your article. Thank you - this is my darling baby boy, and you are my hero! I shared your article on FB a month or so ago and will share it again. I think anyone who cares about their pets should do so as well.

      Thank you again!!!!!

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for sharing, Solaras. The "model" is my dog with the unusual name, which is Ajej, "sandstorm" in Moroccan Arabic. She is a luna-tic too, and a lot of fun.

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      Solaras 3 years ago

      Great info here Dr. Mark; I never thought about wrapping his lips over his teeth to protect yourself when reaching into a panicked dogs mouth. Shared and Thumbs up!

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      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Welcome back, Chicken Lips, pass the salt, please :)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for reading! I know your dogs would never bite you, just like mine, but I can tell from your articles about them that you would forgive an accident, even if it happened.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I got nervous just reading this because I hope it never escalates to death, but my dogs have choked in the past- especially when trying to wolf down a rawhide because I was going to take it. I've reached down in their throats before and you're right, spit washes off . Great article - thank you for posting!

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      george362 4 years ago

      Great information to know, I wasn't even aware there was a method to help a choking dog. I will share this with others! Thank you!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks Tom, I am sure glad he is okay!

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      Tom s 4 years ago

      This very thing just happened to me today. I tossed my dog a piece of Zucchini and decided to swallow it whole. I knew something was wrong right away as I saw him pacing and trying to hack it up. He seemed scared and I was too. I was not really sure what to do. He started to hack up foamy slippery saliva and I really got scared. Not knowing what to do and not feeling I had time to look it up I decided to try to do a doggy heimlick manuver. I grabbed him from his stomach similar to the picture above and started to pull up on his stomach. After a couple of gentle tugs he vomited up the Zucchini. He tried to swallow it whole. Not even a tooth mark in the veggie.... Thankfully he is ok... I actually was contemplating pushing the food down, or to try to push it out. I am happy I made the right choice. Thanks for posting this article, now I know exactly what to do if there ever is a next time. Let's hope not. No more medium sized food for my dog! Small chopped up veggies for him from now on. Not taking a chance....

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      BristolBoy 4 years ago from Bristol

      You learn something new everyday!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for the comment, AliciaC. I have picked up a lot of great information from reading your articles (even if I do not leave comments most of the time!) so your support and kind words are really welcome.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for this very important hub and all the excellent information. It would be terrible to lose one of my dogs to choking. I will save your advice and remember it. Congratulations on hub of the day - it's well deserved.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for the support, aykianink!

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      Good stuff. Will be forwarding to the dog owners I know. Also, congrats on Hub of the Day:-)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks, BetterYourself. I am glad a bite on the hand seems a small price to you, too. It is really great to hear there are others out there that care about their dogs as much as I do.

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      kingsingh 4 years ago from Maryland

      This is a very important lens. Thank you. I have a pomeranian that constantly is finding something that he should not eat. Thank you, really for this important hub.

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow - this was such a great and informative hub. Congrats on Hub of the Day! I have 4 dogs and constantly worry about them choking or getting hurt and did not know some of these techniques for helping them. I love them dearly and would do anything for them including a bite of the hand if it meant saving them. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I have a dog, who I love very much, therefore I have to thank you for this absolutely awesome hub! Useful photos and easy to understand directions. Congratulation on the Hub of the Day!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thank you all for the comments. I hope no one ever needs this info!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      @Glimmer Twin Fan--socks? What a nightmare. You must be on the ball all the time to prevent problems!

      @Victoria--sorry it is just taking me a long time to read and approve comments because my ISP keeps going offline, and I have not had power since yesterday. (I have comments set to not show until approved; the hubber shibashake recommends this in case anyone leaves words or links you do not approve of.)

      @rust--that was a really interesting comment and I am glad things worked out ok. That is not even something most people would think of as a choking hazard, so that shows that we must be careful all the time.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Randy thanks for the comment. Have you ever seen a snake choking? Anatomically, I guess this would never happen, but I wonder if this would work. (I have Tegus and they eat huge meals sometimes, but size never seems to be an issue with them.)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      DoM, thanks for your comments, and I think your dog Sekhmet is really lucky to have you. Not every owner feels the way you do, unfortunately.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Jennifer I do not think a 3 or 12cc syringe would have enough force, but maybe a 60cc (which should be in your FIRST AID KIT); I would still worry about it forcing it further down in the trachea, however, so would not recommend trying it.

      Natashalh, she puts up a lot from me. When I was taking pictures for my garlic hub, I caught her giving me a really hateful stare--maybe she was telling me "enough is enough!" Humans are so annoying at times.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Bob I was trying to thank you for your comments yesterday when my electricity went out. It just came back on at 8:30pm, today! Life in these here tropics, what fun.

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      rust 4 years ago from East Texas Woods

      This happened to our old German Shepherd-mix last summer. My mother was feeding her sliced white bread to try to put some weight back on her and at one point the bread wouldn't swallow - not enough saliva in her mouth and dogs don't chew their food enough. She stopped breathing - I couldn't feel her lungs move in or out - and it was time to go digging.

      I got a large wad out but still no lung movement. I grabbed her from behind next and started pumping her stomach with my fists and before long she started breathing again. Didn't know to hold her hind end up.

      Never did find the obstruction - I think it came up the wrong pipe and went right back down the right one. She was okay, never lost consciousness, and we learned never to feed a dog bread unless it's a little toast. Terrified us but you can't panic.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Wow!

      Congratulations on Hub Of The Day!

      You and your dog worked hard on this and deserve it.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Did my previous comment not go through? Maybe I didn't hit "submit"! This is a great hub with info I hope I never have to use. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is really good advice. We cannot give my dog rawhide treats because instead of chewing on it, he tries to swallow it whole after it has gotten soft. He also swallows socks. Luckily I can reach in and pull them out if I see him swallow one. And you are right...dog spit washes right off. Congrats on your HOTD.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I think there was a news story that Oprah's dog died from choking on a ball. We won't let our dogs have rawhide chews I think they are dangerous. Voted up on your hub.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      DrMark1961, I think this is a beneficial article and I hope animal lovers will find it and pass it along to others. My husband and I have two German Shorthaired Pointers and on occasion they have been known to get a twig or stick stunk in their throats. The struggle itself is disconcerting, so understanding what to do make the situation more controllable. Thank You.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on getting the Hub of the Day. Well deserved and it might help many people aid their canine buddies when threatened with choking. So glad to see this as HOTD! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So scary when this happens. I have had to reach in and pull a bone out--thank you so much for writing this!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dr. Mark, I got panicky just reading this and hoping it never happens to my little dog. I would have no problem with spit or getting bit; anything is worth saving his life. I am careful about not having small toys out (especially balls), and I don't give him bones that I'm afraid will break apart. Still, I'm glad to have this information, just in case. Great job on the hub. Congrats on hub of the day!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Well written and excellent advice! Thanks for this important information. This is one of the few HOTD choices really deserving of the honor. Up she goes on the rating scale. :)

      SSSSS

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      Karen Ellis 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great info - thanks so much. I have a little dog and she chokes once in a while, when she tries to swallow food that is too large for her. Mostly she's managed to cough if up herself. However, on occassion I've tried to press on her solar plexis, the way you would a person. I'm greatful to know how to properly do this.

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      Melissa Flagg OSC 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      CONGRATS Dr. Mark!!! HOTD!!! Woohoo!!!

      This was a fantastic article. I knew you could do the Heimlich maneuver on a dog, but I wasn't exactly sure how. Although, I figured the concept was similar to humans. It's sad that you had to add in dog spit can be washed off, and you dog may bite you. If a dog owner is afraid of either of these things, they should not own a dog in my opinion. If you own any animal, you are responsible for saving its life in any life threatening situation. If my dog bites me trying to save her, so be it. Bites heal, and a dog bit isn't likely to get infected anyway. I think that says a lot about how most people value a pet's life. To me, my dog's life is just as valuable as my daughter's. :)

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm glad this important hub is being featured as "Hub of the Day" by HP. It's worthy of the attention, and you deserve kudos.

      Jaye

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      Dawn Ross 4 years ago

      Wow! I love this hub. I think if my dogs ever started choking on something I would have done these very things but you provide some excellent tips that I never thought about. I don't give a darn about the dog slobber or being bit if it saves my dog's life. Hopefully, I will never have to use this information but it is very good to know.

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Another valuable hub from you for dogs and their people.

      I once had to put my hand down my Goldie's throat to remove a pine cone. Fortunately, she was totally accepting of my efforts, and all worked out well in the end, without having to resort to additional measures.

      After reading this hub I feel even better-prepared. Voted up, interesting, useful. ~Sherri

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      We just got a puppy... now I realize how much I never knew about dogs! Am trying to learn all I can, thanks for writing this!

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      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Hi, again, Doc...just a note of congratulations for having the HOTD. Do I know how to call 'em or what! I've figured all along that it would be just a matter of time before HP recognizes your valuable hubs.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      What a fantastically patient dog!

      A little while ago, I actually thought one of my dogs was choking. I panicked because I realized I'd never thought to research what to do with a choking dog. Luckily, he was able to clear the blockage on his own and life went on as normal, but it was a scary moment. Thank you for the detailed instructions!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Thank you for this hub, very useful information for all dog owners. I, like you, have no problem with dog spit and would risk getting bitten to save my dogs life. I wouldn't have thought of the dog "Heimlich maneuver" without having read this, so thank you in advance in case I ever have to use it, you may have saved lives! :-)

      My vet (who has always proved to be good and trustworthy) has said that a large syringe (obviously with no needle) can be filled with water and squirted down a dogs throat to dislodge the obstruction. Luckily, (and touching wood as I speak lol) I have not had cause to test this out but I do keep one in the first aid kit now just in case. I would be interested in your thoughts on this method?

      Congratulations on HOTD award, all the best, Jen

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      Dr. Souvik Adhikari, MS, MCh - Consultant plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. 4 years ago from India

      Awesome. I have handled some human case but never knew that there are some procedure exist for dogs too.

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      Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

      Congrats on getting HOTD, this is a very useful and important article.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Mark. Sorry for the runaround, here is the link.

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Are-You-Thinking-Of-T...

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      bac2basics, I went to your profile page again but can only see 29 of your hubs, and the one on dog holidays on the Mediterranean was not there. It must be idled.

      It is not against HP TOS to put the link on as long as the hub author approves it. It is always forbidden to put them on forum pages, however, and the administrators will take it off when they see it.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Again Mark. Sorry I gave you the wrong title, I changed it and forgot, it´s now " Why not to take your dog on holiday to the Mediterranean - it could kill him".

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi DrMark. I am so pleased your dogs are not at risk from leishmaniosis. I cannot paste a link here as it´s a no no hub page rule, but if you go back to my profile you will find the related hub titled" Are you thinking of taking your dog on holiday to the Mediterranean - Think again you could be putting him at risk " I hope you can find it and maybe link to one of your hubs. By the way, many thanks for your kind offer to use your fabulous beach photo´s, I may just take you up on that one. :)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for the remarks on leishmania, bac2basics. I went to your profile page but was not able to find the hub-if you read this go ahead and post the link here so that I and others can read it.

      Leishmania is not a problem in this part of Brazil. In those areas where it is a problem, owners are very reluctant to test for it since dogs that test positive can be taken away by the government.

      A Mediterranean climate would be nice at times! Valencia is like Nome, Alaska compared to this place.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for sharing and the vote, Peggy.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I appreciate you mentioning the biting issue, Jaye. I realize it is a concern for some people but the most important thing at a time like that is saving the dog.

      Sorry to plug another hub, but....have you read the article about writer´s dogs? Take a look if you have a chance.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hey SmartAndFun that is funny because I took these in my neighbor´s yard, which I think is a lot uglier than my place! The yearly per capita income down here is less than what most people in the US make in a month, but I still think it is paradise!!!!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for following Entourage. Be careful of your Basset because they really will smell out everything and swallow before you have a chance to yell "leave it". (Be sure to teach him that command-it is a lot more important than heeling and other basics.)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks Will. My neighbor has a Caucasian Ovrchka and he gave the dog an "indestructible" Nylabone-the dog destroyed it in a few seconds but luckily did not swallow the pieces. No toy is totally safe, and I worry about those little pieces from squeaky toys, which most dogs love to chew up.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Incredibly valuable hub, Doc...I honestly think this no-nonsense, tell- it-like-it-is hub is your best. This addresses a scene that every dog owner realistically faces and I really liked the way you identified consequences.

      Most advice columns simply say, "Don't do this." You tell us what will happen if we do, and that makes the importance of the advice perfectly clear.

      I think there's a tendency among many readers to think that some advice is only given to cover one's butt, and that, in my opinion, diminishes the importance of the advice. By stating the consequences, you change that.

      Until now, I thought the "Awesome" category of vote was sort of corny, but I voted this one up, useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Drmark. This is very useful information, thank you. I am going to link this to a hub of mine on Canine leishmaniosis if that´s ok. Leishmaniosis is caused by sandfly bites and is often fatal. I notice on the last picture on your hub that your dogs elbows seem to look a little sore, it could be nothing, but this is often a first sign that your dog has contracted Leishmaniosis, it may be worth your while getting her tested just to put your mind at rest. Noticing the trees growing in your yard I am guessing you live in a place that has a Mediterranean climate and if this is correct then you more than likely do have sandflys in your area.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing this tips. I´m glad you did. I never know how to react when this happen to my dog Angus. It´s already frightening for me to think about it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very informative hub and I think that most pet owners will appreciate being able to read this to know what to do should that emergency ever occur. Up and useful votes. Will also share with my followers because of its importance. Thanks!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks for writing this, Dr. Mark. It scares me to think of the possibility of my dog choking, but I want to know what to do if it should happen. Getting bitten would be the least of my worries at a time like that, but the tip about pulling the fleshy part of his muzzle over the canine teeth is a good one. I'll come back and read this several times so I won't forget it in a crisis. Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      This is a really useful hub. However, in your photos, even though I know I should be focusing on the right way to handle the dog, all I'm noticing is the sand and palm trees! I think you've got it made there in paradise! Lucky Dr. Mark! :)

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      Stuart 4 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Its so good to be following you, I recently got a little basset hound that can smell everything, EVERYTHING! Recently he ate a pack of gum and I am so lucky that he hasn't bit into something that could cause him to choke. Thank you for such and informative article.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi wetnosedogs yes that is me with Ajej. She is just being a model, putting up with her ALWAYS DEMANDING pet human!!!

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great article, and a reminder that small balls and toys are dangerous to your dog. Give your dog toys that are too big to ever be swallowed.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Oh Thanks so much for writing this. It's one of those things, you just never know when it will happen.

      Is that you and your dog demonstrating for us? Your dog is doing a great job there. But hopefully, it's just a demonstration and nothing bad really happening.

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