Canine tip of the day – Choking
If the backslaps have failed to help dislodge the blockage, you can proceed to the abdominal thrusts (sometimes referred to as the Heimlich Manoeuvre). Please be aware that this procedure (on a human or a dog) is very dangerous and you should ALWAYS seek professional attention if you have had to perform this due to the small but very real risk of a tear or possible internal bleeding.
Make a fist with one hand in such a way that the first joint on your thumb creates a point.
If you have a large breed dog, then simply stand over your dog facing his head, so that your knees grip him just in front of his back legs.
For a medium breed, have the dog sitting and facing away from as per the picture below. Place your arms through and under his front legs tipping him backwards so that his front legs leave the ground.
For small breeds, you need to be standing or kneeling, holding the dog against you as per the picture below.
Fit your fist in the soft hollow of your dog’s chest just where the two sides of his ribcage meet and form a triangle.
Place your other hand flat up against your fist and administer 5 fast little digs upwards on a diagonal, whilst squeezing with your arms against the ribcage itself. It is not important to do the digs with a lot of power, more that you do them as very quick bursts.
Your aim is to gently “poke” the diaphragm with your thumb joint to cause a spasm type cough from your dog and hopefully expell the blockage. If this does not work, revert to the back slaps and then back to the Heimlich Manoeuvre again.
Administer back slaps
Administer Heimlich manoeuvre
revert to either CPR (if the heart has stopped) http://rhodes-2-safety.co.uk/?p=510
or Artificial Respiration (if the heart is still beating) http://rhodes-2-safety.co.uk/?p=520