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It can be very scary to see your dog choking and coughing because he has something in his throat.
We will explain this in this AnimalWised article what you can do when your dog has something in his throat. We will review the symptoms of what you can do and treatment from your veterinarian.
It is not always possible to have your furry friend constantly monitored. Although we do our best to control the diet of our dogs, they are well known for their ability to swallow unexpected foreign objects. A busy house offers many different options danger of suffocationBut a walk in the country has its own risks of suffocation. Items that can cause an obstruction in the dog’s throat include toys, pieces of food, bones, plant matter, or anything else they find. difficult to swallow or digest.
You may not know the exact cause, but you will notice signs that something is wrong. If your dog has something in his throat, the most common symptoms include:
- Choking sounds
- Excessive drooling
- Repeated swallowing
- Vomiting or regurgitation
- Raking in the mouth or throat
- Dry cough
- Apathy or apathy
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty breathing
The nature and severity of these symptoms will vary and depend on the object it is stuck in the dog’s esophagus. Cough is often among the first symptoms. While dogs may cough, vomit, or have other symptoms on this list for a variety of reasons, it is always a good idea to rule out esophageal obstruction, something that is stuck in their throat.
Another important thing to keep in mind if you are trying to find out if something is stuck in your dog’s throat is to consider the breed. Some breeds of dogs are more voracious than others or anatomically more prone to suffocation. Naturally voracious breeds include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles, who are more likely to eat something they shouldn’t have and eventually suffocate.
There are other breeds of dogs that are more likely to suffer from suffocation problems. These are known as brachycephalic dogs and include breeds such as bulldogs, pugs and some breeds of mastiffs. Thanks to breeding for certain aesthetic features, these animals have an elongated soft palate, narrowed nostrils and lower trachea. This means that they have shorter throats, which often leads to difficulty breathing. This causes them to make hissing noises even when they are not choking, and experiences airway obstruction even without swallowing foreign objects. Although we can love individual dogs of this breed, veterinarians have often called for us to stop supporting these types of breeds because of the risks they pose to us. dog health.
If your dog has something stuck in his throat, you can try these steps to help you remove the item:
- Try to delete the item manually: they immediately open their mouths to look at the entire cavity. Find out if you can delete the item manually. Much will depend on what type of item has been swallowed. Sometimes you cannot remove the item yourself and the dog will require veterinary care. It is not advisable to remove objects with sharp points or edges, such as shattered bones or scissors, as you could injure the dog. Likewise, if you feel any resistance, stop immediately, as you could do more damage by trying to remove the item yourself.
- Use gravity: You can also use gravity to try to get your dog to cough up the object himself. If you have a small dog, you can hold it upside down and pat it on the back, as if you were doing it with human suffocation. In the case of large dogs, lifting the hind legs can be a great help. If your dog is too big or heavy, don’t try, as you could injure yourself and your dog.
- Heimlich maneuvers: stand behind the dog, either standing or kneeling. Wrap them around your hands and support their feet with your own feet. Push the ribs in and up to start coughing or vomiting. The more salivating, the better, because it will make it easier for the object to slip out of their throat and slip out.
- Visit the vetA: Finally, even if you have managed to remove the subject by any of these techniques, you should go to your veterinarian to assess all internal injuries and possible treatments. Swallowing a foreign object can cause serious digestive problems for your dog, even if he is not suffocating. The last and most important step is therefore to take your dog to the vet for inspection.
Important! The Heimlich maneuver can be useful if your dog has something in his throat, but can be dangerous if his cough has another cause. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or cause trauma. Those who have dogs who may be more likely to suffocate should consider taking a first aid course for dogs so that they are well prepared to help their pet.
Although the dog does not appear to be otherwise ill, getting stuck in something in the throat or swallowing a foreign object can be a veterinary emergency. If you have tried all of the above without success you have to go to the vet. The more time that passes, the harder the treatment will be. The veterinarian may even resort to surgery to remove the object from the dog’s esophagus.
First, it tries to locate the foreign body. This is done by performing an X-ray as soon as possible. Treatment will be determined depending on a number of factors that the veterinarian considers, including the nature of the object and the overall health of the dog. Here are some of the most common treatments:
- If less than 48 hours have elapsed since the object was stuck and depending on its location and position, the veterinarian may be able to remove endoscopy. The dog calms down, a tube with a camera is inserted into the neck and the object can be removed with pliers. The veterinarian may also try to administer liquid petrolatum orally if he or she thinks the item is easier to reach.
- If 48 hours have passed, the veterinarian will assess the need surgery to remove a foreign body. Part of the problem is that by this time there will be adhesions in the digestive tract.
It is very important to consult a veterinarian and not treat your pet with anti-diarrheal drugs, antiemetics or painkillers, as these will only hide the symptoms, they will not solve the problem.
Finally, it is important to emphasize the role of prevention. This is the best way to prevent your dog from suffering when something gets stuck in his throat. Even if you can’t keep an eye on your dog, here are some ways to reduce the risk of your furry friend suffocating:
- Do not leave small objects lying that your dog could accidentally swallow, especially where they can reach or are left unattended.
- Be careful what you feed your dog. For example, boiled bones can be very dangerous because they break easily and can get stuck in the throat. Avoid large chunks in their food to make it easier to chew and swallow.
It is important to keep in mind that a a foreign object in the throat of the dog it’s not the only reason they can make suffocating noises or start coughing. The sound of a suffocating dog may not be very similar to a dog coughing for basic health reasons. Some of them may include:
- Cold or flu: While dogs cannot get our colds and vice versa, but there are many canine cold and flu viruses that can lead to coughs. Look for other symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing or tremor.
- Distemper: another viral infection, canine distemper is unfortunately much more serious than a cold. The key early symptom is watery or purulent discharge from the dog’s eyes. Immediate veterinary treatment is necessary and can be fatal if not addressed quickly enough.
- Cough kennel: Scientifically known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, this is often transmitted by dogs in close proximity to each other. Its symptoms include an irritating cough that mimics the sound of something stuck in your throat.
- Heart disease: When a dog has heart disease, coughing can be one of many symptoms. Be sure to look for other signs of heart problems in dogs and take them to a veterinarian for diagnosis.
- Strangulation: choking of suffocation in dogs is usually caused by neglect and sometimes even abuse by the owner. If the dog’s collar gets caught, it can lead to strangulation. A technique known as a “helicopter” can also be used on a dog, where it is lifted by the neck and waved around. Unfortunately, many children who do not know anything better may engage in this practice, believing that they are only playing.
- Srdcovka: It is a parasitic infection that affects the heart of a dog. Its symptoms include coughing, rapid breathing, weight loss and even fainting. Heartworm in dogs is very dangerous and requires immediate veterinary treatment.
It is important to know if your dog is suffocating because of something stuck in their throat or for some other reason, so watch out for other symptoms. This also means taking into account the circumstances in which you will first see the dog coughing. Is there a child nearby who could have done something? Are pieces of a possible foreign object or traces of food lying there? The answers to these questions will help you determine if your dog has something in his throat so that you can act appropriately.
This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe veterinary treatment or make a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet if he suffers from any condition or pain.
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