Cat Health Care Tips : How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a Cat or Small Dog
Let’s talk about the Heimlich maneuver indogs and cats. The Heimlich maneuver we thinkabout in people all the time, getting chokedon a piece of food at a restaurant and somethinglike that. In veterinary medicine it is notsomething that we use routinely, however,it does come to play in the home setting onrare occasions. Dogs and cats can get chokedon items, can get choked on pieces of foodand things like that. The first thing youneed to do is recognize are they actuallychoking on something or are they trying togag or vomit. The way you know is typicallyif an animal is choking on something theyare going to be opening their mouths, they’regoing to be retching over, they’re going tobe pawing at their face. So it is very difficultand you can get injured if you look in themouth but that is the first thing to do isif you can look in there, look at the tongueand gum color and make sure it is nice andpink and not blue. If we do think that thereis absolutely a choking mechanism happeningthat there is something lodged in the backof the throat then we might pull out the Heimlichmaneuver and the way you do that is basicallyis take your hands and ball them up and orone method is to ball one fist up with yourpalm over the other one, right below, or actuallyright in the upper abdomen and below the sternumand then use a quick just kind of gentle butfirm upper motion to try to dislodge that. The next recommendation is to get your animalto a veterinary clinic as quickly as possible. It may not always be a choking situation orit may be something that you can’t do on yourown.