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Holy cow, Vlad almots choked!

December 11th, 2008, 05:44 PM
He scared the :censored: out of me!

I gave him half of this vitamin I give them, and he's always been able to handle the half well. But today, I saw him just making this odd movement and he was choking! I slapped his back and tried to do like a Heimlich maneuver on him, but them thought what if I hurt him!

Oy, I need to talk to my vet to see if she can show me some general first aid.

He's fine now. He managed to get it out and kept on eating.:rolleyes:

December 11th, 2008, 05:45 PM
OMG, that must have been so scary. Good plan to ask your vet :thumbs up I should do that too, since the e-vet is 45 minutes away.

December 11th, 2008, 05:52 PM
At first I thought he was just trying to chew it, but them I saw him doing some odd movement with his head and he clearly looked distressed. From now on, that vitamin gets cut into quarters!!

My vet is fairly close, and I have two other emergency clinics I can go to also, but still, if I can do something to help first I'll do it.

I have to take Kiska in in a few weeks to have her check again, so I'm going to talk to her then.

December 11th, 2008, 05:54 PM
Oh, cr@p! :eek: That must have been scary! :grouphug: With the dogs, I can just reach in halfway down their maw if I have to remove something...I can't imagine how you'd do it with a cat!! Glad he managed to get it free himself!

When the vet gives you tips, will you share? I'm sure some of them will be useful for both cats and dogs!

December 11th, 2008, 06:08 PM
Hazel, I immediately felt my heart begin to pound in my chest. I haven't been that afraid in a very long time.

I've actually been thinking about asking my vet for a while to give me so me tips, but I just keep forgetting. You can bet your gluteus maximus I'll remember now!

I'll of course share. In fact, I'm going to search the web now to see if there's anything I can find.

December 11th, 2008, 06:15 PM
i assume it would be the same for kitties, just smaller.

The key to canine CPR is remembering the ABCs:

Breathing, and
Cardiac compression.

To perform the three techniques, follow these steps.

Lay the dog on a flat surface on its right side and extend the head back to create an airway.

Open the jaws to check for obstructions, and if any exist and are not easily removed, do one of two things, depending on the size of the dog.
For small dogs, hold them upside down by their back end and shake vigorously to try removing the obstruction.
For large dogs, lay them on their side and, if necessary, use long-nosed pliers to remove the obstruction.

Cup your hands around the muzzle of the dog's mouth so that only the nostrils are clear. Blow air into the nostrils with five or six quick breaths, again, depending on the size of the dog.
Small dogs and puppies and require short and shallow breaths.
Larger dogs need longer and deeper breaths.
Continue the quick breaths at a rate of one breath every three seconds or 20 breaths per minute.

Check for a heartbeat by using your finger on the inside of the thigh, just above the knee. If you don't feel a pulse, put your hand over the dog's chest cavity where the elbow touches the middle of the chest.If you still don't find a pulse, have one person continue breathing into the nostrils (mouth to snout), while another gives cardiac massage.

Give the dog a cardiac massage by placing both hands palms down between the third and sixth rib on the chest cavity.
For large dogs, place your hands on top of each other.
For small dogs or puppies, place one hand or thumb on the chest.

Use the heel of your hand(s) to push down for 10 quick compressions and then check to see if consciousness has been restored. If consciousness has not been restored, continue the compressions in cycles of about 10 every six seconds for 10 cycles a minute.

After each cycle of compression, the other person should give the dog two breaths of air in the nostrils. If only one person is present, this procedure can still be done successfully.

Once the dog has started breathing, contact a veterinarian immediately.

December 11th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Thanks aslan. I looked at some sites, and it does seem to be the same, except in a smaller way.

I just made a new post with some pretty good links with information.:D

I'm going to print one of the pages I found and keep it handy.

December 12th, 2008, 06:56 PM
Yikes! That is scary! I remember my little dog choking on a burr he had gotten at and I had to try and do the hylick thingy. (I know that's not how it's spelt.) I called the vet and he told me to give him butter to help make sure it had moved down. I was so scared.

December 12th, 2008, 07:02 PM
It's very scary. Not to mention, especially since tehy are afraid and don't realize you are trying to help them.