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Household Choking Hazards and Your Dog

Your dog is exposed to chocking hazards everywhere! It is not unusual for a dog to find small objects on the ground or on the floor. When they do, they will almost always pick it up and start chewing on it! Especially puppies. As a responsible dog owner it is your job to make sure that you make your dogís environment completely safe for them at all times. 

It is your job to make sure that any item that is small enough for your dog to get into itís mouth is out of itís reach. These items could include things like pencils, pens, crayons, small toys, plastic bags, coins and any other items in that size range. 

Choking hazards are not the only danger your dog can encounter in the home. Household chemicals and cleaning items left within easy access, can be dangerous too! You need to make sure that you keep them locked away. Trash containers that may have used rags or wipes with household chemicals and cleaning solutions on them should also be kept out of easy reach of them as well.

While commonly found in our homes, all of these items could become a great danger to your dog. Small  items can get caught in a dogís throat causing choking, strangulation, intestinal problems and even death, while chemical poisoning is almost always fatal.

If you suspect that you dog has swallowed something, it may show one or more of the following signs of choking or distress.

  • Gagging 
  • Pawing at the mouth 
  • Distress 
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Pale or blue tongue 
  • Unconsciousness 
  • Increased respiratory rate and effort 

If your dog is choking, and you can see the object in itís throat, you may attempt to remove it. Never put your fingers inside the mouth of a choking dog. Your dog may be the sweetest dog in the world, but it will bite you when he is in distress! Instead, we suggest you use a metal spoon or a pair of kitchen tongs.

If you canít see the item, or if your dog is having trouble breathing, call your veterinarian or your local Pet Hospital at once. At this point, every minute counts and your dog may be only minutes from dieing.

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