Did you know you can do the heimlich on a pet?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pro2A, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. pro2A

    pro2A Hell, It's about time!

    Ok so tonight I was sitting here at my computer... well the cat food dish is in the same room and he was sitting there eating. Next thing I hear is him hacking... I thought it was a hairball at first until the hacking stopped making noise and he was pawing at his face. He seemed panicy. I went over to him and patted his back a bit... then some factoid ran thru my head from when I took first aid in high school. You can give pets the heimlich the same way you can a human. So I picked him up, and I pushed my palm under his rib cage a few times. Next thing I know he coughs up some cat food, I set him down and he trots off like nothing happened... He's my bud... I would have been upset if he died :( Luckily everyhting turned out ok.

  2. dDave

    dDave Guardian of the Light V.I.P.

    that's fortunate that you knew what to do, I always worry that my dog is going to choke to death because she always swallows stuff whole that you feed her.
  3. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad V.I.P.

    It's not really all that surprising. Their bodies work pretty similarly to ours.

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