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Earlier today I just got done putting my boys' bowls down and heard Mr. Peepers making the wierdest noise. Horrible weezing noise. I went up to him and watched him and seen that he was still breathing but it was very hard.

I didn't know what to do. I thought if I try and take him to the vet, he could be passed out before I even got there. And since he could still breath (very labored though) I decided to try and help him get it out. I didn't want him to freak out so I sat on the kitchen floor and called him. He came up to me and sat on my lap. I rubbed under the chin on his throat hoping it would help him to swallow it. He would get this huge coughs, like he was trying to dislodge it. So I just kept holding him and petting him, trying to keep him and myself calm. Eventually he let out a huge cough and out flew the food.

I was so dang scared. This was happening for over a few minutes and I just kept thinking that my boy was going to choke to death right in front of me. He was breathing but it was so bad that his whole neck would suck in from him struggling to get air.

So scary but at least he is o.k. now. :)
 

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do you know how to do the heimlich on dogs? if not have your vet show you next time you are there. i had to do it twice to my pit and the one time he was unconcious and i had to give mouth to snout to bring him back. it's definitly something all pet owners should have their vet teach them....

so glad things didn't go the other way. it's so scary when it is happening!
 

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Okay, I'm usually the calm one in times of "terror" but I have to admit, that would have sent me into a frenzy!! I'm glad you were able to remain calm (or at least seem calm) and that everything turned okay. Ack... how terrifying. I get chills, just thinking about that.

I agree... I'd have someone show you how to do the heimlich. Once you know it, you'll hopefully never have to use it.
 

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As strange as it sounds, I'd have been just as calm as you were. What choice do you have when you're there alone and your baby is dying right before your eyes? I'd have completely fallen apart afterwards but I imagine you did too.

By the way, what was lodged in his throat?

Sometimes I get a bit annoyed at Lily because she is a fanatic about how small her bites of food have to be. She'll touch each piece with her upper lip and reject it if it seems big. Occasionally she'll actually take a biggish piece in her mouth but out it pops if she senses it's too much for her to handle. The girl is way smarter than her mom. Shame on me for being annoyed. :oops:

We should all know how to perform the heimlich on our little ones.
 

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How scary I am so glad Mr Peepers is ok. It is something i worry about too.It is great you were able to remain calm :wink: I am not sure if I could :roll:
 

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Yikes! :shock: That had to be horrible for you I am so sorry.

I too had a similar experience with Ginger. I did not witness it but my parents were dog sitting one night and Ginger got up on the table and grabbed a baby carrot...my stepdad caught her and I guess being scared she either inhaled the carrot or tried swallowing it so not to be caught...anyway she started to choke....my parents called me at work yelling that Ginger wasnt breathing. Before I could wrap my head around what they were saying I heard them say..."oh thank god she caughed it up". I was about ready to scream at them over the phone to tell me what the heck was going on. I am glad I wasnt there to witness that becuase I guess her tongue got blue and she wasnt making any noises... :shock:

I couldnt imagine watching your chi not be able to breath. I am so glad he is okay. Did you ever find out what it was he was choking on? Gosh they can make us worry cant they.
Glad to hear he is okay Kari!
 

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I would hope I can remain that calm, but I'm not too sure I could. Bless his heart - good for you for remaining calm in an emergency.

I don't know how to do the heimlich on dogs but agree it's something we should know. I have had a first aid course, including CPR. Mandy, is done the same in dogs as it is in humans?
 

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Kari, I am glad you got what ever it was out... It makes me happy that he is ok...
I bet you were scared to death... I know gadget choked once when he was tiny tiny and he scared me so bad.. I just froze... Mark had to help him...
 

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What a scary experience and I'm so glad he managed to cough the food out. I've sometimes wondered what one would do if that happened and if one could do something like the heimlich on dogs too. :wave:
 

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WOW poor Mr... :shock: I am so proud that you stayed calm.....

chi mom no its different than humans you have to lay them on their side and press on their rib cage in short thrusts.....I am probably not saying it right....I heard there are classes you can take to learn all that first aid stuff for your dog. I saw it on TV..........I gotta look for it.
 

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KB mamma said:
chi mom no its different than humans you have to lay them on their side and press on their rib cage in short thrusts.....I am probably not saying it right....I heard there are classes you can take to learn all that first aid stuff for your dog. I saw it on TV..........I gotta look for it.
:shock: Wow, i'm not sure if I could do that...I think I'll be afraid to press too hard.

:) We're all glad Mr. is ok..and hope you're too Kari. That must have been really scary.
 

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wow! I'm so glad he's ok...i bet it was so scary to see. its good you stayed calm...if it were me i would have freaked out. i'm terrible in a situation like that. you handled it great though and i'm so glad he is ok now.

Chico eats to fast sometimes and he'll let out a little cough and i'll tell him "slow down Cheekes." (thats my nickname for him)
 

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Wow how frightening for both of you! I wouldnt know what to do, I will ask my vet about the Heimlich manouver too! Give Mr P and big kiss from Poppy... :D
 

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KB mamma said:
WOW poor Mr... :shock: I am so proud that you stayed calm.....

chi mom no its different than humans you have to lay them on their side and press on their rib cage in short thrusts.....I am probably not saying it right....I heard there are classes you can take to learn all that first aid stuff for your dog. I saw it on TV..........I gotta look for it.
the side compressions aren't part of the heimlich that is part of the cpr process in getting the animal to breath......

here's a link i just posted to give an idea on how to give CPR:

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/viewtopic.php?p=161468#161468

maybe someone can give it a sticky. i have something similar on my fridgerator...
 

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Thanks everyone, I am happy he's o.k. too! :D

O.k. here's what and why it was stuck, I feed them Iams MiniChunks. I know it isn't the best food but I am telling you these boys are so dang picky and they just love it. :roll: So I feed them and they sometimes get excited and want to race eachother by eating their own food and then go and hoard the others. :roll: I am always worried that Buster is going to choke because he is alot smaller than Mr. It NEVER occured to me that Mr. could choke. These pieces are really small, so I think he woofed it down to fast and didn't chew. When he coughed it up, it was a whole kibble, not chewed at all.

The way he was breathing I thought it was lodged in his lungs. I know that sounds stupid but the noise was just horrible. :cry: I knew I just had to stay calm, I had no one to help me and I wouldn't have trusted anyone (besides vet or technician ofcourse) but myself anyway. :lol:
 
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