Struggling to breathe and I can’t get to the vet..
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: Struggling to breathe and I can’t get to the vet..
I had an emergency phone call 2 nights ago about a choking dog.
Farely had attempted to swallow a toy, and was struggling to breathe.
And the owners were unable to get to the clinic- there
access was blocked as we had a mudslide on one of our major highways.
So I had to talk them through exactly what to do Step by Step..
Quick Actions to take?? if your pet is choking:
REMOVE THE OBJECT. When time is of the essence, you must act quickly.
Open your pet’s mouth.
For a dog:
Open your pet?????s mouth
Grasp the upper jaw with one hand over the muzzle.
Press the lips over the upper teeth with your fingers on one side and the thumb on the other so that the dog’s lips are between its teeth. Firm pressure may be required. The dog then can’t close its mouth without biting itself and is less able to bite you. Pull his tongue out of the way.
Reach deeply in to the back of your pet?????s throat and try to grasp the object. If it is a ball, and you are unable to move it, try using some type of instrument; tweezers, pliers or even a spoon shaped tong.
For a cat:
Grasp the cat’s head so that your palm is over the cat’s eyes and ears, and your thumb and index finger are behind the canine (eye or fang) teeth.
Tilt the cat’s nose upwards. In most cases this causes the cat to automatically relax the jaw muscles so that you can open the mouth easily
You can then use the index finger of the opposite hand to gently open the mouth. Place the fingertip on the lower incisors (the small teeth between the canines) and gently push the lower jaw down.
An alternative is to push your thumb and index finger of the hand holding the cat’s head towards each other. Some cats resent this more and it is easier to get bitten but it does hold the mouth open while the opposite hand is now completely free to hold tools etc.
Examine the mouth and if you can see the object it may be possible to remove it with your fingers, tweezers or small pliers immediately. Do not attempt to remove a needle embedded in the roof of the mouth but take your cat to your veterinarian.
It may be possible to gently pull the tongue forward to gain better access, but some cats will not allow this.
If this method does not work for extracting the object from your pet?????s throat, try this technique. Lay your pet on its side. For small pets, place your palms behind the last rib on both sides of your pet’s abdomen and press your palms together quickly 2 – 3 times. Repeat if necessary. For larger dogs, place both hands behind the last rib and push down and slightly forward sharply. Repeat rapidly until the object is dislodged
If you still can’t remove the object and if your pet can breathe, transport him to your veterinarian. However, if your pet can’t breath you must continue to try to dislodge the object either by compression or by using the Heimlich, as your pet is unlikely to survive the delay in reaching veterinary aid.
COMPRESSIONS. Gentle compressions on both sides of the widest point of the chest may help dislodge a ball or other object. Place both hands at the back of your pet over the widest point of the chest while he is standing, and give 5 firm compressions to dislodge the ball.
HEIMLICH. If after trying to manually remove the object, and after gentle compressions it won?????t move, and your pet is still not breathing, then proceed with the Heimlich.
TURN your pet upside down, with his back against your chest.
WITH both arms, give sharp thrusts to the abdomen.
AFTER 5 thrusts, stop and check to see if the object is visible in the airway. If so remove it and give 2 mouth-to-nose rescue breaths. If the breaths do not go in, repeat HEIMLICH.
In some cases, your dog is too large to pick up. You can lay him on his side, and make a fist. Put your fist into the hollow beneath the rib cage, then push firmly inward and upward. Repeat 5 times, and then check to see if the object has been dislodged.
If after a few attempts it is still lodged, but you can still hear wheezing and some noise when your pet is breathing, then you have time to rush to your vet.
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