Lotus, Mochi's mom
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What To Do if Your Dog Is Choking?
Ok, I'm finally somewhat calm enough to write this post. I still get an awful pang in my stomach everytime I think about it though.
Yesterday, I was on my computer when I looked over at Mochi with a bully stick in her mouth like a cigar. It was about 1 1/2 inches long. About a min later, I heard her gagging/choking. I reacted instantly thinking that it was the bully stick. I tried to open her mouth but she had it clenched shut. I managed to pry it open and did a visual check nothing. She started foaming at the mouth, a yellowish greenish frothy bile. I almost shoved my entire hand down her mouth trying to feel for anything while her whole body was shaking/convulsing. I think that I managed to clear her airway or push whatever was stuck there down. Anyways, a few seconds later she was fine while my entire body was shaking and I burst out crying. I honestly thought she was going to die in my arms. I looked back to her cushion and her bully stick was there.... I think she was choking on the string from the tug toy. She loves to eat string/lint/anything clothy.
Anyway, it got me to thinking... WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR DOG IS CHOKING?? I want to be prepared next time something like this happens. I am still tearing up as I write this. I don't know if I did the right thing and surprisingly she didn't bite me even though my whole hand was down her throat - good girl! She is getting extra loving from me now. And I'm working on putting my hand in her mouth and treating, over and over again. I don't want her to associate what I did yesterday with a bad experience.
I tried doing a search for what to do if our dogs are choking and didn't find anything. I think this is a good topic to discuss and think about.