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Mina started choking on a large piece of meat this afternoon. She flopped over and couldn't breathe and I just felt my heart drop. I am trying to think of a time when I've been so scared, so helpless. I just can't.

I had no idea what to do. She was flip-flopping like a fish out of water. I tried to press right below her chest cavity. Oh god, I was panicking, and I do. not. panic. But there I was, hyperventilating, holding my dog, trying to push whatever was stuck out of her.

She finally swallowed it and looked at me in confusion. She ran away from me and wouldn't let me touch her. She got her toy and just sat there, wagging her tail, looking at me in concern.

I'm still sitting here, my hands shaking.

She is totally fine.

I'll look into emergency first aid for companion dogs. Any website suggestions? That helplessness. That fear. That shaky removal of my center. I do not want to feel that again. I never ever want to be unable to help Mina (if I can), to see her....I have no words. It was so awful.



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Oct. 21st, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that our local Red Cross sometimes offers pet-CPR/emergency classes.

*Hugs* that sounds VERY scary
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
ugh so scary! i worry about that with steve and his ball playing. the balls we have don't seem like they're big enough to get stuck, but i know it happens.

you can do the heimlich maneuver on a dog- pretty similar to how you do it in people.

i'm so glad that mina is ok!!
Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh god, that would be awful swallowing a ball. I don't want to think about it.

I thought about the heimlich, she was just flopping around so much and by the time I was even able to start picking her up, it was all over (thank goodness).

Me too! Definitely a frightening experience neither of us care to repeat.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Our community center has offered them in the past, I'll have to see if any are coming up.

It was very scary, probably more so for me than Mina (who seem more concerned with my behavior than anything).

Thank you.
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD. i'm so glad she's okay! i know this feeling so well and it is terrible, terrible. i am sending a huge ton of good vibes your way, loving positive healthy safe dog thoughts, because she's not even MINE and i got teary and anxious reading your post. :( i know how terrified you must have been.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox hugs to you all!!! xoxoxoxoxoxox
Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, I really appreciate it. Mina has taken it upon herself to take every toy out of the toy box. Ah. She's content now with an oversized tennis ball. Strange little dog.

It was horrifying. I'm glad it is over and will never ever ever happen again.
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is scary!!! I'm going to practice the dog heimlick maneuver now. Have a glass of wine and cuddle Mina.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, wine is definitely in the picture and LOTS of cuddles with Mina who is currently stripping off the fuzz on a tennis ball. Egad, I love her.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear she's okay! That has to be terrifying. :/ Others have said it, but I'm sure there's a local pet CPR class out there. I used to have a booklet on it, but I can't remember if it had the Heimlich or just CPR for dogs...
Oct. 22nd, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)

Mina: CHEW YOUR DAMN FOOD! Didn't you read Diet for a New World? John Robbins babbles about that for like 200 chapters.

Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
that is very scary! and makes me realize i wouldnt have known what to do either. i mean i know the heimlich maneuver (hindlick remover) for people but not for dogs. i dont know any cpr for dogs either.

i poked around and found some helpful videos and instructions and posted them in my journal here http://yesididit.livejournal.com/626122.html
Oct. 24th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that's very helpful!
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