Pet First Aid for Pet Professionals Level 3 (VTQ)

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Choking Overview

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Choking in Dogs

Recognizing Choking Hazards

**Dogs** are susceptible to choking on various objects, including food, toys, and items from the garden. While many dogs can clear obstructions on their own, it's essential to be prepared for potential hazards.

Types of Choking

Choking in dogs can be categorized into two types:

  • Full Obstruction (Severe Choking): In severe choking cases, the airway is completely blocked, and your pet cannot breathe. Listen for coughing sounds without the intake of breath. If the obstruction doesn't clear with coughing, immediate action is necessary.
  • Partial Obstruction (Mild Choking): A mild or partial airway obstruction occurs when something is stuck in the dog's throat, but they can still breathe. In many instances, dogs can cough and remove the obstruction themselves.

Responding to Severe Choking

If your pet experiences severe choking with a full obstruction:

  • Act swiftly if the dog can't clear the obstruction through coughing.
  • Ensure your pet's safety and well-being by taking immediate action.

Addressing Mild Choking

When dealing with mild or partial choking:

  • Observe the dog's efforts to cough and dislodge the obstruction.
  • In many cases, dogs can successfully remove the blockage themselves.
  • If a small obstruction persists in the throat, seek veterinary assistance to have it safely removed.