I'm glad to hear you DW'ers found last week's Pet First Aid Part I to be so valuable! As promised, instructor Denise Fleck is back this week offering more life-saving tips for what to do if your pet is choking. According to Denise, "The Best 911 for Your Choking Dog is YOU!"
One Lucky Dog's Tale, by Denise Fleck
Nikki sat down in front of the TV for an evening snack and a scary movie with her miniature schnauzers at her feet waiting for a morsel -- their eyes wide open, ears pricked high with their hot doggie breath hitting her legs. She tossed them each a kernel of popcorn, and the food-hound of the duo gulped it at the speed of lightning. Suddenly he opened his mouth, gagged and then stopped coughing altogether before going silent. Not only was the food lodged in his tiny windpipe, Nikki's furry child had stopped breathing!
Dogs love putting things in their mouths, and anything on the floor is fair game. So I insist that people "get down on all fours" and look at their homes and yards from their pet's perspective. But since choking can occur from food or toys, so it's important to learn how to perform the doggie Heimlich-like maneuver and chest thrusts just in case your four-legged friend gets into trouble. A large number of my students have successfully used these techniques and saved the day for their dogs!
Fortunately for the schnauzer, his owner knew how to perform the canine Heimlich, and the popcorn kernel flew out of his doggie mouth. (In fact, the pooch quickly retrieved it before his owner could, and this time swallowed without a problem.
Whew... that was a close one! And just from a little popcorn kernel!
Needless to say, there is no substitute for getting hands-on training! To enroll in one of Denise's upcoming classes or if you are in search of a class, contact Denise for information or to set one up!
Thanks again to Denise and all those guardians who have already gotten the training needed to help our furry friends.
Check back with me next Thursday for more great first aid information.
Dr. Pia Salk