What to Do If Your Pet Is Choking

They’re part of the family, but few of us know what to do to help them in an emergency. A sudden allergic reaction in our pet, for example, can swell their throat until it suffocates them. Or a simple bottle cork that was left lying around on the floor and later found by our furry friend could block their airways. They’re our loyal companions and, therefore, deserve our best action plans and care, should an unfortunate emergency arise. Let’s be prepared to help them.

zgrnews wants to help you take care of your best buddy, so we looked into what experts have to say about this, and here’s what we found.

How to tell if your pet is choking

What to Do If Your Pet Is Choking

If your dog or cat is choking, it will probably show some of the symptoms that we’ve listed below. Knowing them in advance will help you realize what’s going on before things get out of hand, so it’s important to take the time to read this carefully:

  • Panic
  • Scratching its mouth or rubbing it against the floor
  • Salivation
  • Gagging
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bluish muzzle or tongue

In many cases, you must act quickly and not wait to go to the vet, as it could cost your pet its life.

Step 1. Try to remove the object blocking your pet’s airway.

What to Do If Your Pet Is Choking

Make sure your pet is under control. Animals going through a suffocation episode often despair. Ask for help from a family member, friend, or neighbor to properly assist your pet.

Pull its tongue to one side and open its mouth as wide as possible. Move the tongue if it returns to its natural position in the middle of its mouth. Sometimes, just by doing this you might be able to remove the object that is obstructing the airway. Try sweeping its tongue with your fingers from the side of his mouth toward the center, but be careful not to insert the object further into its throat. If you feel or see the object, you can gently pull it out with your fingers or pliers.

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