Canine First Aid for Hydrotherapists

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Dealing with Choking Incidents in Pets

Recognizing Choking Hazards

**Dogs** can choke on various objects during play, mealtime, or by getting hold of something they shouldn't. This can result in a blockage in their airway.

Initial Response for Choking Dogs

When you notice your dog choking, let them attempt to clear the obstruction first, as they are often effective at doing so. They may cough, move their body, and expel objects.

If they are unable to clear the obstruction, you must intervene.

Performing Abdominal Thrusts for Dogs

There is a canine version of the Heimlich Manoeuvre for dogs, and the actions vary based on the dog's size:

Small Dogs:

  • Check the mouth for obstructions and try to remove them safely.
  • Gently tilt the dog's head to encourage the item to fall out.
  • If the object remains and cannot be removed, perform abdominal thrusts.
  • Hold the small dog close to you, use your thumb outside of your fist, and give a sharp inward and upward blow just below the Sternum (where the rib cage finishes) onto the stomach.
  • Repeat the thrusts, checking for clearance after each thrust.

Large Dogs:

  • Follow the same steps as for small dogs but approach from behind the standing dog.
  • Place an arm around each side and use your fist to pull inwards and upwards.
  • If the dog has collapsed, still use this technique.

Monitoring and Recognizing Distress

Continuously check for obstruction clearance and observe the tongue and lips' colour. If they turn blue, your dog is becoming oxygen-deprived.

Choking Cats

If your **cat** is choking and unable to breathe, treat them as you would a small dog in this situation.

Seek Immediate Veterinary Assistance

Be cautious, as forceful abdominal thrusts can cause internal damage and may lead to shock or worse. It is crucial to have your dog or cat examined by a vet immediately after a choking incident.