What To Do When A Dog Is Choking

What To Do When A Dog Is Choking

  1. If the dog is conscious, open the mouth, hold the tongue and attempt to carefully remove any foreign object you can see.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  • Collapse
  • Drooling
  • Choking signs / retching / gagging
  • Unconsciousness


There can be any number of items that can cause your dog to choke:

  • Foreign object stuck in the throat
  • Balls
  • Bones
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Sticks
  • Stones
  • Treats / Toys

Be prepared for any emergency
with our Dog First Aid Kit

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