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What should I do if my pet is choking?

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If your pet is unconscious, open its mouth and try to clear the object out with your fingers. If the animal is conscious, do a modified Heimlich maneuver. Place the pet on its side, putting pressure right behind the ribs and pressing your hands forward. This may help push the item out. Get someone else to drive to the vet so you can continue to do this on the way.

From: First-Aid Tricks for Pet Emergencies WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 2/25/2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

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