Heimlich for Dogs. Heimlich maneuver on a Dog

Puppy dog Heimlich maneuver: If your puppy should have food, a ball or some other foreign object firmly stuck in its throat, that you cannot simply remove with your fingers then the best way to unblock your puppies wind pipe or throat is with the Heimlich maneuver. To perform the Heimlich maneuver on a puppy dog it is important to take into account the size of the puppy. Depending on the size of the puppy you will need to adjust the positioning of your hands and the amount of force that you apply when attempting to force the blockage out of the puppy’s throat. The explanation here is for a medium to large sized puppy. Wrap one arm around the puppy letting the head, shoulders and forearms hang forward. Then close your hand forming a fist and close your other hand around this fist. Position your fist between the dog’s navel and rib cage and then quickly and powerfully thrust inwards and upwards. Do this as many times as is necessary to dislodge the blockage. By pressing in and up just under the puppy’s diaphragm you will be compressingthe air in its lungs and forcing it out through its mouth which should also eject the foreign object. If your puppy is still not breathing once you have removed the object then begin AR (artificial respiration) and if it has no pulse then immediately begin CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). Seek immediate medical attention.

Puppy dog fainting: The most important thing to do if your puppy faints is to keep it lying on its side with its head slightly lower than the rest of its body. This way the blood can easily flow to it brain. Once it has recovered you can give it some black tea or coffee to drink. Consult your veterinarian, informing them of what transpired before the fainting spell and immediately after.

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