First Aid - Heimlich

      Contributed by David Candline

      This document is copyrighted and publication in whole or part is prohibited except by permission of the author.

      If your dog is choking:

      Open the mouth carefully, ensure that the tongue is out, look deep in the throat and probe with your fingers to see if you can see a foreign object. If you can, you may be able to reach it and dislodge it by hand or with a pair of pliers.

      If that doesn't work, lift the dog and while supporting the back and shoulders with one hand shake the dog up and down while holding the hind legs and try to dislodge the foreign material.

      If that doesn't work place the dog belly down and wrap your hands around the chest so that your fingers meet back to back on the belly just behind the rib cage and in front of the navel. Push the fingers of both hands briskly upward to compress the belly and eject the foreign object.

      [Dachshund-L Archives] [For the Love of Dachsies]