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Pet Tales: Learn how to help a choking dog

Thursday, November 02, 2006

By Linda Wilson Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


There is really no "good" or easy way to lose a dog, and it’s especially painful when a dog dies years before you thought it would. A golden retriever named Lindy was 6 1/2 years old when he died in front of his horrified and helpless owners, Chris and Tom Murray, of Zelienople.

It’s painful for Chris Murray to talk about what happened to Lindy, but she’s made it her mission to do so because she hopes she can save some lives.


It was Tom Murray who saw Lindy in the living room in obvious distress one day in July. The dog was thrashing and seemed to be struggling to breathe, but the couple couldn’t figure out what was wrong.


Then they saw an apple with a big chunk bitten out of it. Though they suspected the dog was choking, they didn’t know how to dislodge the food from his throat.


Lindy had stolen the apple from a kitchen counter, and "he had never done anything like that before," Mrs. Murray said. "Our other golden, Ben, is a notorious food thief."


Here’s what Mrs. Murray is telling anyone who will listen: "Google choking dog."


Go to the search engine, type in "choking dog" and learn how to save a life. Don’t wait until your dog is choking. Do it now, and read the advice listed on multiple Web sites. If your dog chokes, you won’t have time to look it up and you usually won’t have time to get to a veterinarian.


The Heimlich maneuver developed to save human lives works on animals, with some modifications in the technique. Read the Web sites and ask your veterinarian about this. Do not practice the Heimlich maneuver on a dog that is not choking, because you could cause serious injury.

According to information from, a choking dog might paw at its face or throat, act "frantic" or try to cough or vomit, but will be unable to do so.


If you can see the object at the back of the throat, try to remove it. Don’t try to remove anything you cannot see.

There are some simple things you can try before going to the Heimlich maneuver, says the petplace site. With a small dog, pick it up and hold it vertically with its head pointing toward the ground. With a big dog, pick up the hind legs so that its head is tilted down. Sometimes this will dislodge the object. Sometimes, using the palm of your hand to administer a sharp blow between the shoulder blades will dislodge the object.


If that doesn’t work, try the Heimlich maneuver.


Grasp the dog around its waist in a kind of "bear hug" and use a fist behind the ribs to compress the abdomen with three to five quick pushes. The air can dislodge the item up out of the throat.


Beware of tennis balls, golf balls or any toy or food that is just the right size to lodge in a dog’s throat. We don’t have to be paranoid, but we all can be careful.
Tonka choked just last week……thank goodness she is okay! 


  1. Thanks Laura!!    It’s a good thing to know.

  2. Thanks for the info! You’re doing good for the animals!
    dobby (G)

  3. Worthy Information! Thank you!

  4. Quite a scarey situation.When Toby was a baby he had a thing for the rocks in the drive,He choked big time on one,and scared me to death.After that I wouldn’t let him near the drive LOL Thankd for the info.Very usefull.

  5. Wow!  Lots of good info there!  Love the Rolling Dog Ranch – what a wonderful place for the "challenged" animals to have love and peace!- Motts

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