- If the dog is conscious, open the mouth, hold the tongue and attempt to carefully remove any foreign object you can see.
- You can hold a large dog under the abdomen or raise their hind legs off the ground trying to get the dog as vertical as possible.
- If gravity does not remove the object, either pick the dog up or stand over the dog’s back end and attempt 5 abdominal thrusts.
- If the dog is unconscious, attempt thrusts whilst on the ground, bracing the dog’s body either against yourself or an immovable object.
Check your dog's ABC and be prepared for CPR – then take to a vet immediately
How can I tell if my dog is choking?
There will be obvious signs of distress:
- Anxious behaviour – pacing and pawing at the mouth
- Bulging eyes
- Choking signs / retching / gagging
There can be any number of items that can cause your dog to choke:
- Foreign object stuck in the throat
- Treats / Toys