How do you get something stuck out of a dog’s throat?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

To start, it is important to remain calm and approach the situation with caution. Remember, a choking dog may be in a state of panic and could potentially bite in their distress. So, it is crucial to restrain the dog safely before attempting any intervention.

1. Restrain your dog: This can be done by gently wrapping your arms around the dog’s body, ensuring you secure their front legs to prevent them from thrashing around. If possible, have someone assist you in holding the dog still.

2. Assess the situation: Take a moment to observe the dog and try to identify the object causing the obstruction. If you can see something wrapped around the dog’s neck, carefully use a pair of scissors to cut it free. Be extremely cautious not to injure the dog while cutting.

3. Open the mouth: Gently pry open the dog’s mouth using your hands or a soft cloth to prevent any potential biting. Make sure to support the dog’s jaw and keep your fingers away from the back of the throat to avoid getting bitten.

4. Check for visible objects: Look inside the dog’s mouth and use a large pair of tweezers or your fingers (if you can reach) to retrieve or dislodge any visible objects causing the choking. Be careful not to push the object further down the throat.

5. Perform the Heimlich maneuver: If the dog is still choking and you cannot remove the obstruction, you can try the Heimlich maneuver. Stand behind the dog and place your hands just below the ribcage. Apply firm and upward pressure in quick thrusts to force air upward and potentially dislodge the object. Repeat this several times if necessary.

6. Seek veterinary assistance: Even if you manage to remove the object successfully, it is important to have your dog examined by a veterinarian. They can ensure there are no further complications or damage caused by the choking incident.

Remember, these steps are intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional veterinary care. If you are unsure or unable to handle the situation, contact your veterinarian immediately for guidance and assistance.