I am here to talk about a serious topic this week. I had a scare a couple of weeks ago and Momma said I should tell you about it here.
At night I get a crunchy biscuit before bedtime. A couple of weeks ago Momma gave me my crunchy biscuit as she was unmaking the bed for the night. I ran into the other room to enjoy it. Moments later I returned and got up on the bed and acted very agitated. I was pawing at my mouth and gagging.
Momma thought I was going to have an upset stomach, so she got down on the floor with me. Unfortunately, this continued on the floor. Momma looked in my mouth and discovered that the biscuit was lodged in my throat! She said I was so excited about it that I evidently swallowed without chewing. She was able to gently remove the biscuit, and all was well. We were both VERY relieved!
But this changed things at my house. Now my crunchy biscuit is broken into three parts, and I only get a treat when Momma is in the room.
And she has learned more about what to do when your pet is choking.
Here is a very good article with step by step information. I would encourage dog people to read this and bookmark it:
WikiHow: How to Save a Choking Dog
This very short video from The Huffington Post even shows how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking canine friend:
I hope you never, ever need this information, but I wanted to share just in case!
If you have a dog, does he or she eat slowly or does your dog friend tend to swallow food and treats quickly? (I am in the eager eater camp.)
I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.